Beyond the quarter hour

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The Indigo Girls did not know

who Joan Baez was

a loam cried out

as first frost silenced the land

likening dawn

etched empty branches

she sang with an old voice

much used

like firewood

is best when properly dried

her voice was a voice of a woman

who had walked many years unseen

for after a certain age they say

women become invisible

she decided this was a wonderful way

her wings could remain outstretched

and not hidden as before

when she was sculpted and honed

like a cold statue

men would seek to touch

now her magic felt like a velvet glove

able to touch the mist and curling into a fist

summon spirits to her world

beyond the quarter-hour

no more obliged to purse

for onlooker

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23 thoughts on “Beyond the quarter hour

    1. I totally agree with you – I feel this strongly and I hope I would at any age, in fact I know I did when I was much younger. It is that idea that society may ‘try’ to diminish women over a certain age but there is so much by way of strength gained it’s impossible.

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    1. My friend, Happy New Year to you and I hope you are well. I recently saw her 75th Bday concert and just was blown away. I find all women inspiring and especially those who are fobbed off as being over a certain age, they are often just so incredible I feel I must give voice to that.

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