She peers through eyes that have orbited well
always looking outward
unable to see her own reflection.
In a heartbeat
her seasoned gaze locks with his
causing her to momentarily forget
how many times she has circled the moon
There is no male equivalent of nubile.
Confusion locates itself in her brain
then ripples and courses through each stenotic artery
circles sinewy ligaments
dodges her shrinking uterus
bounces off her shortened Achilles heel
and settles into
the gravity in her body.
and of the moment.
Her heart chambers echo and clang.
Her sacrum remembers to ache.
with crooked fingers
she smooths her skirt over her knees
and readjusts her gaze.