"Already I am no longer looked at with lechery or love. My daughters and sons have put me away with marbles and dolls, Are gone from the house. My husband and lovers are pleasant or somewhat polite And night is night."
-excerpt from A Sunset of the City, Gwendolyn Brooks
A sense of alarm or anxiety (said to be experienced particularly in middle age) caused by the feeling that life's opportunities are passing (or have passed) one by; spec. that manifested in an aging woman who longs to discover the excitement of youth, and who fears being left 'on the shelf'. (WWFTD)