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Irene Fick


It’s Senior Discount Day and I am trying
on Pilates pants, the kind with sexy mesh
netting on each thigh and so what
if I have to tug them on, and so what
if my flesh bulges a bit, or sags a bit
because I am suddenly seventy
and I am not supposed to care
about such things because, surely,
by now, I am supposed to be mature,
a model of sanity and wisdom; vanity
should be a relic of the past, yet I suspect
there are traces that remain, stubborn,
like the last globs of peanut butter
that cling to the bottom of the Jiffy jar.

This poem first appeared in the Third Wednesday literary journal (2019).
Used here with permission.


Irene Fick was born in Brooklyn, raised in suburban Chicago, and has lived in Clearwater Beach, Florida and San Francisco, but, for the past 12 years, she has lived with her husband, Ed, in Lewes, Delaware, where she is active in two writers’ groups and participates in readings, workshops, free writes, and a weekly poetry critique group. Irene’s background is in newspaper and magazine journalism and public affairs; since retirement, she has focused primarily on poetry and flash nonfiction and her work has appeared in a variety of publications. 



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I always love the humor in your poems, Irene!
Posted 10/06/2023 06:36 AM
Joan Luther:
Enjoyed thisand related to it as well. Thx for the chuckles!
Posted 10/05/2023 07:41 PM
Lori Levy:
Like the humor, great ending.
Posted 10/05/2023 01:57 PM
Wilda Morris:
Brava! Well written, wise, and fun.
Posted 10/05/2023 12:43 PM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
Very witty, warm and wise. Yes, I relate too. Love the glob of peanut butter image.
Posted 10/05/2023 11:48 AM
Love this, Irene. So typical of your humor. We need more!
Posted 10/05/2023 11:47 AM
Gotta love the catharsis in this one! Well done Irene.
Posted 10/05/2023 11:31 AM
yes, the jiffy jar. Fun.
Posted 10/05/2023 11:09 AM
Fun poem!
Posted 10/05/2023 10:14 AM
Ha ha! Great peanut butter metaphor! A stroke of genius!
Posted 10/05/2023 09:54 AM
Nicely done. Love that closing image!
Posted 10/05/2023 09:46 AM
I see myself in your poem. Thank you so much.
Posted 10/05/2023 09:45 AM

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