Don’t call me babe.
And why do you insist
on referring to time I spend
with my friends
as a Girls Night Out?
I am forty-eight.
I successfully transitioned from girl to woman
decades ago.notGNO
These people with whom I gather
are fine and beautiful
sumptuous and present
in skin
mapped with fine lines
and deep trails
that lead from then
to now.
A woman
beyond her thirties
does not signify a lack
of crucial force
impish energy
passion for the all
and fire.
We are radiant.
please refer to us
with the reverence that is our due.
splendid mothers
and companions
who make your lives
are not girls
indulging in amusing antics.
We are the creators of whole worlds,
conferring about their fragile particulars
over dinner
and glasses of fortitude and delight.
January 2013
Julie Ayers

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