Notes on a 39-year-old Body
Most internal organs jiggle and glow and are rosy
pink. The ovary is dull and gray. . . It is scarred
and pitted, for each cycle of ovulation leaves behind
a white blemish where
an egg follicle has been emptied of its contents.
The older the woman, the more
scarred her pair of ovaries will be. . . .
Natalie Angier, Woman: An Intimate
She was always planning out her own development,
desiring her own perfection, observing
her own progress.
Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady
in the dull
[my] own white
[I] always plann[ed] [to] be
or is [s]low
internal ros[es] glow