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Dating Again at 93
Shoshauna Shy


I'd score character references
from ex-wives if they were not
all dead.
While Ken tweaks my toaster
when it's on the blink,
brings Racine kringle,
takes me to Mayfair Mall,
Bill plays Anagrams,
reads murder mysteries;
we swap Agatha Christie
back and forth.
And Ralph's such a stitch;
I've never laughed like this!
Guess it comes down
to whose heart's the strongest.
Lost my Fred to a stroke
back in '08, so be nice
for the next one to outlast me.
If their exes were around
I'd get the lowdown
on dental work, cholesterol,
bypass surgeries.

© by Shoshauna Shy.
Used with the author's permission.

Shoshauna Shy began writing at the age of eight, was recruited by a muse in her early 40s and, since then, has since published five poetry collections and a wealth of award-winning fiction and nonfiction. Her poetry has been studied in classrooms, recited in church sermons, translated into Chinese, discussed by book clubs, made into videos, and produced inside taxi cabs and on the backside of city buses. Not a monogamous writer, Shoshauna works on as many as 7-11 projects at a time. The founder of Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf, she lives in Madison, Wisconsin.


Post New Comment:
What a joy! Thx.
Posted 10/09/2021 06:47 AM
Shoshauna Shy:
Thank you, everyone, for reading and commenting!
Posted 10/08/2021 11:38 PM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
Love me a Shoshauna Shy poem for breakfast. Unique and delightful as a blueberry scone. Lovely lady ninety three years young with lively beaus.
Posted 10/08/2021 10:57 AM
Mayfair Mall! Shes a local. Who would have ever thunk of playing the field in ones nineties? Great fun.
Posted 10/08/2021 10:47 AM
This is great!!! I'll take Ralph. I want to be 'kept in stitches'!!!
Posted 10/08/2021 10:47 AM
michael escoubas:
This is a poem to build one up in one's mid-70s! Ifeel 16 again. Thank you Shoshauna!
Posted 10/08/2021 08:15 AM
"character references/from ex-wives"! Ha ha! Great opening and all that follows. That speaker knows how to keep on keeping on! :)
Posted 10/08/2021 06:24 AM

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