Gould, Mona. “Old Age to Me.” “Lives Lived: Mona McTavish Gould.” Obituary. By Maria Gould.

I am not sure where this obituary was originally published, but it is reprinted in Maria (Gould) Meindl’s Outside the Box: The Life and Legacy of Mona Gould, the Grandmother I Thought I Knew (Montreal, QC & Kingston, ON: McGill-Queen’s UP, 2011).

Old Age to Me

Old age is not descent
It is Everest.
It is the essence of trees
Without leaves
Stripped down—
The beautiful skeleton of design.