Oh the joys of aging!

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March SOLC–Day 11

This poem was my attempt to have a bit of fun with one of the less than appealing symptoms of aging. (If you’re under 35 and/or male, you may not be able to relate.)

The Battle

There once was a hair on my chin
undetected when first it grew in
I noticed it there
Adrift in the air
And yanked it out with great chagrin.

Another one grew on my cheek.
(It happened in less than a week!)
I pulled that one too
without great ado
But with a full bellicose shriek.

It’s said that in some far-flung places
Facial hair adorns women’s faces
But I can’t sport a ‘stache
with elan or panache
I vow to remove any traces.

My tweezers now flash through the air
Extracting each invading hair
There is not a thing cute
’bout my face so hirsute
I battle with growing despair.

Each day my reflection as mirrored
Shows renegade hairs have appeared
My expression is grim
As I tweeze and I trim
Not resigned to displaying a beard.

I continue the gods to implore
to vanquish these whiskers galore
They’re more apt to dispatch
A peach-fuzzy soul patch
I win battles but never the war.

Molly Hogan (c) 2016

 

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For more poetry got to Poetry Friday Roundup at Irene Latham’s blog, Live Your Poem.

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16 thoughts on “Oh the joys of aging!

  1. Melanie Roy says:

    You are a very talented poet! My friend keeps tweezers in her car because she says you get the best natural light there and you have a handy mirror! 🙂

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  2. Judy Jester says:

    Well done, you. Ordinarily I’m not a fan of rhyming, but you didn’t sacrifice one bit of sense for sound!
    P.S. I too remember my first chin hair. Oh my.

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  3. LSquared says:

    Be glad you can still SEE those chin hairs, dearie. 🙂

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  4. Kate Schwarz says:

    I loved your poem, but I loved the comments as well! I keep tweezers in the car, and am sure I’ve grossed out some passers by but…what can I do? they’s got to come off! 😉 well done!

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  5. Tabatha says:

    Great rhymes! “‘stache” and “panache” are my favorites.

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  6. Amy says:

    A very clever poem that made me chuckle. I’m glad I haven’t enter this war yet but if I do I’m sure I’ll remember your poem.

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  7. jehansen13 says:

    Great word choice!

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  8. cvarsalona says:

    Absolutely delightful and funny poem that I can relate to quite easily.

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  9. bjdonaldson says:

    How funny! Luckily, growing older creeps up slowly.

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  10. Love that you found humor in this losing battle, Molly. Why didn’t anyone ever tell us this would be part of our morning routine?

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  11. jama says:

    Thanks for the smile today. Enjoyed your clever poem — aging and all that comes with it is inevitable, but humor helps a lot :).

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  12. Linda Baie says:

    Such a lesson for us all to learn, to laugh at what we struggle to control. Love those ‘flashing tweezers’.

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  13. Cindy says:

    Wow what a poem! It’s inspiring that you kept adding to it and tinkering with it to make it perfect. Yes I remember my first chin hair too- actually my boyfriend(now husband) pointed it out to me. I feel like my experience would have a totally new stanza.

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  14. maryleehahn says:

    HA! I just attacked some hairs yesterday! (I’m sure there are more today, but I’m choosing not to look!) I, too, adore your rhymes. My favorite is cute/hirsute!

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  15. Sherry Schneider says:

    Oh yes, keep those tweezers handy. Next comes uncontrollable nose hair. It’s like shafts of wheat.

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  16. I never have chin hair. NEVER! I will never admit it! I mean…. LOL

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