Love at Middle Age [poem] by Scott Edward Anderson

In the moment when our scars kiss
closing the gap between our laps
—mine from double-hernia surgery;
yours from three C-sections—
we become more aware
of the vicissitudes of beauty,
the latitudes of love,
and gravity of longevity,
than ever in our lives.
And perhaps those other, unseen
scars we share from our lives apart
bind us together.

Image of 1930s Switchboard Operator

Image by Sykes

[Refer: this poem refers to David Simpson’s poem “Why I Never Married.”]

Scott Edward Anderson is the author of Fallow Field (Aldrich Press, 2013) and Walks in Nature’s Empire (The Countryman Press, 1995). He has been a Concordia Fellow at the Millay Colony for the Arts and is a past recipient of the Nebraska Review Award.