The praises of older women

The praises of older women

in the dark cold of midwinter,
we will walk through the snow
and gather with our families
in the building that our ancestors made
and we will sing praises
and we will sing praises

tonight we will stand before you
with hair from grey to white,
in the place we remember from girlhood;
we will look at you as you look at us,
and we will sing praises
and we will sing praises

in this building soaked with praise
you may close your eyes on our age
and hear the loveliness of young women:
our voices have not grown old
for we have sung praises
for we have sung praises

and if love starts to move in you,
your love will inform our praise
which rises up beyond this place
and spreads out all around
and then settles gently down
and then settles gently down

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