Girl-heart

Her smiling girl-heart danced
behind the grey, grey hair.

—Terri Guillemets, 2019 August 5th, scrambled blackout poetry created from Enid Bagnold, National Velvet, 1935, pages 125–126

End’s edge

Old age —
gazing into the night
with half-closed eyes
Life had become
a shadow of Time

—Terri Guillemets, 2019 August 3rd, scrambled blackout poetry created from Rafe Martin, Birdwing, 2005, pages 92–93

Midlife midriff

Eating a lot of garbage and dessert-obsessive
for several months, I put on a few pounds,
      — and more.
Waddling is hell, and fat is a problem for the heart;
      — I’m hungry & in pain.
Waist weight is a cruel joke, and age is no help.

—Terri Guillemets, 2019 July 19th, scrambled blackout poetry created from David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day, 2000, pages 136–139

Keep playing

Keep playing, young one —
      keep playing
Keep playing, mother —
      keep playing
Keep playing, grandmother —
      keep playing
Keep playing, white-haired youth-at-heart —
      skip off into death
      with a giggling heart.

—Terri Guillemets, 2018 December 1st