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Poetry of Issue #8        Page 80

Statistic

         The pool of available women increases as men grow older
         The pool of available men decreases as women age

I am swimming in a nearly empty pool
or so the statisticians say, counting heads
There are a few for me
though they are mostly gray
and turned on by what I used to be.
Standing at the water’s edge
they splash and drip
and talk about their IRA
the trip to Florida to visit the condo
their tennis game (as good as ever)
And did I know I’m just about the oldest gal they date?
And did I hear the latest findings
that the male sex hits its prime at fifty-eight?
I am swimming in a nearly empty pool
The old men bob and weave
and it is turning dusk and cold
perhaps it’s time for me to leave.

  Toby Devens