So, Camelot - the fictional idyll of Arthurian legend and the presidency of Kennedy. The first impression I get is of the latter now becoming a distant part of history. The decay of age, the puffy face of Jacqueline Kennedy symbolic of how those humans that bloomed in the past must inevitably fade away to the grave, leaving only myth.
My second impression is that of the way this seems to almost take the narrator by surprise - "I should have expected it". It reminds me of the way time can slide by so quickly, brimming so full of new distractions that we barely look back until suddenly we're confronted by an old face now withered and time-worn and realise how old we are too.
Oh and I agree with Justin about the penultimate strophe. The comma in the second line seems not to really belong there, I think, like it ought to be a semi-colon or even a full stop - something stronger.
Other than that it's a very well written poem. Thanks for sharing it.
Old is such a relative thing... when you're five, 18 is 40. When you're 18, 40 is 60. And when you're 60, 40 is 20. And the older we get the more subtle beauty becomes, the more it manifests itself in other ways... the more it hides in the eyes than anywhere else. Wrinles and rings in trees all just mean wisdom and knowing something, and the deader we look the more impacting the stories we tell.
As for the poem... it I like it. I like all of it except the first stanza. It's so... absolutely out of place. And maybe... maybe that's why it's there. As a layer to show out of place she was. But if that's not why it's there, then I'd just throw a blurp in your description and start on S2L2. You can do the italics things even, put it in one line, something like,
after attending a lecture by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
It does a fine job of feeling out of place though. Something feels off about the line breaks in the penultimate strophe, but I'm not sure what to suggest... so just something to note perhaps.
The end though... is again, haunting. You really know how to end a poem, that's what I've noticed, Sir Bill.