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As I grow older…

MirrorAs I grow older, I feel younger
more eager, more full of love.
More alive the closer I move to death.
More whole the closer I move into blight.
The sweeter life grows as fervent
clamours of youth pass.
Passions of old age take deeper
flavour, ripened, more nuanced.
More easily words and affections
flow when the self-conscious gaucherie
of youth has passed.
Wholeness suddenly is mine
ragged edges of fear hemmed.
Mirrors say Look. Do not be afraid.
You are what you are.
With thanks to @19syllables for sending me the poem,  A Matriarch’s Song by Betty Lockwood and sorry it took sooooo long to use it. I so love the sentiment of this! We only have a four at the front of our age so I don’t think we can use ‘old age’ and ‘blight’ just yet, but it does make me wish 40-year-old me could take 20-year-old me out for a chat. I hope I still have the photos from this blog to look at when I am 60!

Sinful Sunday


  1. cammiesonthefloor

    Lovely poem, gorgeous image

  2. Marie Rebelle

    It’s a wonderful poem and one we should all read again in our ‘old age’ (about 20 years down the line that is) and then post a picture to go along with it πŸ™‚
    Great image!
    Rebel xox

  3. kinkybikermom

    love the poem

  4. Eugene Noale

    I love the end of the poem and I love that you didn’t shoot mirror straight on. The frame makes it look like a photo within a photo, as if you are sixty now looking back at forty.

  5. F Dot Leonora

    you my darling are fabulous whatever number is in front, and i love the reflections on the edges. divine!!!

  6. cherrytartblog

    Love the angle of this photo πŸ™‚
    And I think I need a copy of that poem somewhere I can see it πŸ™‚

  7. kittykatsbitsandbobs

    The photo is perfectly suited to the poem… Lovely.

  8. The Photographer

    lovely poem…and reflection πŸ˜‰

  9. Molly

    That is a great poem, I love the whole sentiment of it and your image is just divine

  10. mmalflic

    Beautiful picture and wonderfully fitting poem.

  11. sub-Bee

    What a wonderful poem.

  12. Modesty Ablaze (@ablazingmodesty)

    Wonderful words so wisely put . . . and the way you’ve framed your photo is wonderful too.
    Xxx – K

  13. theotherlivvy

    Oh, this is wonderful! I love that poem and it’s sentiment, and you look gorgeous. I really like mirrors in photos, and I love the extra reflections in the edges, it’s brilliant. Xxx

  14. Velvet Rose

    Wait until 50. It gets a lot more interesting! Or at least it has for me!! ?
    Velvet x

    • Exposing40

      That’s good to hear. And I have a friend who would say the same!

  15. exhibitunadorned

    This is a great example of just how well nice lingerie and a stylish mirror go together…along with a sexy body to fill out both, of course πŸ™‚

  16. mariasibylla

    Oh, this is wonderful! The poem is lovely and I completely agree with your comment about wishing your 40 yo self could have a chat with your 20 yo self (or 30 even!). Oh how much angst I would skip and how much fun I would have had πŸ™‚
    ALSO, this photo is amazing! I love the composition, your pose, with the flirty knee bent and the way the bevel on the mirror reflects different parts of your image. Really, really clever and sexy and gorgeous.

    • Exposing40

      You always give such good comment! Xxx

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