Weirder As We Go

“Once I was beautiful. Now I am myself…”

LaDonna Witmer
9 min readMar 1, 2024

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Anne Sexton said that in her poem You, Doctor Martin: “Once I was beautiful. Now I am myself…”

On its own, out of context, the quote fits neatly on a post-it note stuck on my desk and makes me feel better about all the weirdness of middle age. It makes me think that yes, I was beautiful once (though of course I have never believed I was…

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