To write about age you need to take something andbreak it.(This is an art that has always loved young women.And silent ones.)A branch, perhaps, girlish with blossoms. Snapped off.Close to the sap.Then cut through a promised summer. Continue. Cutdown to the root.The spring afternoon will come to your door, angryas any mother. Ignore her.Now take syntax. Break that too. What is left is for youand you only:A dead tree. The future. What does not bear fruit. Orthinking of.—Eavan Boland, “Instructions”Art Credit Hieronymus Bosch

To write about age you need to take something and
break it.

(This is an art that has always loved young women.
And silent ones.)

A branch, perhaps, girlish with blossoms. Snapped off.
Close to the sap.

Then cut through a promised summer. Continue. Cut
down to the root.

The spring afternoon will come to your door, angry
as any mother. Ignore her.

Now take syntax. Break that too. What is left is for you
and you only:

A dead tree. The future. What does not bear fruit. Or
thinking of.

Eavan Boland, “Instructions”
Art Credit Hieronymus Bosch

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