Woman of a Certain Age

Linda Belans

I am

certain

I use my time

wisely

squandered

 

Certain I have

periods that are

fertile

fallow

                       

Certain beautiful questions

are more revealing

than answers

                       

Certain

Isadora Duncan, Nina Simone

lived wild ecstasy

deep despair

 

I am certain

unconditional love

is desired

impossible

Certain

democracy

is generous

fragile       

 

                      Good sleep is essential

 

Certain accommodation

is beneficent

self-destructive

 

Certain words

have power

 

Privilege

is pernicious

 

                     Dancing is essential

Certain

tools of democracy

are used

to destroy it

Being authorized by others

is confirming

invalidating

 

                      Liberation is essential

Certain of my gratitude

for notes that bend

for Rhapsody in Blue

K.D. Lang

 

Certain

I make decisions

wise

unwise 

              

I am certain

I will question

my certainty

doubt

Halleljah