Charles Rammelkamp

What’s Love Got to Do with It?
Tina wrote her signature hit
at the age of forty-four,
eight years after she’d left
the abusive relationship with Ike,
six after the divorce.
My friend Rita tells me
her tits have exploded in middle age,
from the estrogen patches
she’s used since the hysterectomy,
which had caused night sweats.
“I’ve gone up a cup size,” she exults.
Recently divorced – likewise
from a bully –
Rita’s in the market for fun,
but doesn’t want a “boyfriend,”
much less a third husband.
It’s just about using her resources
while they last.

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