See West’s Notes at: West, D. Horace Odes I Carpe Diem: Text, Translation and Commentary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, (1995) pp.116-119
According to West, Horace is here ‘adopting his accustomed role as Professor of Love…. and dispassionately observing the human comedy.’ The poem mocks not only lonely Lydia, the ageing good-time girl, but the ‘behaviour of young men in love is also ridiculed..’ The Professor of Love points out that Lydia, as she gets older will no longer be in such demand, and that the time will come when she will want love – when that time comes, ‘Lovers will be insolent. No longer will they besiege her house. She will have to take to the streets, weeping as she stands in the north wind…… she will be worthless, despised…’ Horace highlights the fact that Lydia will complain because the freshness of newcomers will be preferred to her staleness.
The main thrust of my whole collection (from which this is taken), is set in the world of contemporary poetry, so here the warnings about no longer being ‘sought’ relate to the idea that an older ‘wrinkly’ writer needs to be aware that he/she can no longer expect to receive the adulation experienced when he/she was at the height of achievement. The desires and drives and needs are those experienced by writers. An attempt has been made to keep the sexual innuendos and to maintain sexual colour throughout.
The brittle laurels are those of the old writer, now becoming forgotten, in other words the primary theme is the same as in the original which is rejection of the subject of the poem. There is too, in my view, a kind of hidden warning that perhaps the new pretenders will, in time, face a similar situation.
 West, D. Horace Odes I Carpe Diem: Text, Translation and Commentary, Oxford: Clarendon Press,
 Ibid p.118