Upon Shaving Off One’s Beard 2

Reading poetry with my daughter this morning we came across this from John Updike. My daughter and wife both said, “That is exactly why you will not shave off your beard!”

The scissors cut the long-grown hair

the razor scrapes the remnant fuzz.

Small-jawed, weak-chinned, bug-eyed,

I stare at the forgotten boy I was.


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2 thoughts on “Upon Shaving Off One’s Beard

  • Delirious

    Facial hair does age people, but some times the beard looks better. 🙂 I’ve known people who shaved off beards and mustaches after many years of growth, and at first it was an odd transition. But in the end, we all got used to their new look, and they did look younger.