Lent 2020 — Day 4

A Poem for What Comes with Age

Marie Howe’s poem “My Mother’s Body” is wise about age. In the poem, Marie’s mother is young enough to be Marie’s own daughter, and in this imagination there is wonder, understanding, and even forgiveness.

A question to reflect on after you listen: Are there things that you have found easier to understand — or even forgive — as you’ve gotten older?



Image of Marie Howe

Marie Howe is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She’s published four collections of poetry: What the Living DoThe Good ThiefThe Kingdom of Ordinary Time, and Magdalene. She has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, Dartmouth College, and New York University.

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