Half of young woman's face next to half of an old woman's face

What I’m Learning About Women Aging

Country of Origin: United States of America

(Audio recording by Yosef Baskin)

What I’m learning about women aging

is we don’t do it alone –

everything, from being able to gather dust 

lines alongside us, trinkets, and trophies

defiant on a cherry shelf,

saved from the fate

of the thrift shop.

We think when someone passes,

this time they’ll look twice,

ask what we knew before now,

where we discovered the truth. Beauty.

But mostly we see each other,

silver and heavy in our limited number,

tarnishing into unrecognizable.

Just things atop meaningful things.

Waiting to be remembered.

Thank you to Daisy Dabb for their inspired edit on this piece and everyone else on the Humanity team.

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Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt, M.Ed., writing concentration, hails from the Northern Virginia/D.C. metro area, USA. Born in a small Massachusetts town and of Lebanese and Sicilian descent, she considers herself a writer by nature and by trade, having begun writing as soon as her mother helped teach her to read. A first-generation college graduate, she earned her associates degree from Middlesex Community College, her bachelor's in English from University of Massachusetts Lowell and her master's in education with a writing concentration from Cambridge College. Her first published poem, "Remembering Thoreau," appeared in ELF: Eclectic Literary Forum in in the early 1990s. Since then, her work has appeared nationally and internationally in publications such as Yankee, Frogpond, Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal, Panapoly, North of Oxford, The Southern Quill, Northern Virginia Review, Haiku Canada, Valiant Scribe and dozens of others. As of 2023, she has had 12 books published, one of which won a Silver Award from the Nonfiction Writers Association, another which was an Amazon #1 new release in its category. Katherine has received numerous other awards for her poetry, as well as recognition for community work. All proceeds from her books are used to provide goods and services for the disadvantaged. Learn more at www.KatherineGothardt.com.

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