A Girl Scout’s Guide to Surviving Middle Age

Stock up on Thin Mints,
and always keep a pocket
knife ready for nail-trimming.
Drink wine, but not too much.
You might try a cigar on the
boardwalk in John’s Pass,
but limit it to that one.
Remember that you can
take four Advils at once.
Read and write, because
there will be both
more and less time,
a paradox you will grow to
understand, if not love.
When you get a chance
to watch a wildly perfect
sunset on a beach, take it.
And always, still, be on time
for Monday morning’s class.

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About Author


Vivian Wagner is an associate professor of English at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio. Her work has appeared in Muse /A Journal, Forage Poetry Journal, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Creative Nonfiction, The Atlantic, The Ilanot Review, Silk Road Review, and other publications. She's also the author of a memoir, Fiddle: One Woman, Four Strings, and 8,000 Miles of Music (Citadel-Kensington), a poetry collection, The Village (Kelsay Books), and a micro-chapbook, "Making" (Origami Poems Project).

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