Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tuesday's Truth: Hiding (and other Tidbits)

I thought I would try something different today. I learned a new form of poetry from my friend, Eric Alder, (aka "Bubba"), called a rictameter. This form of poetry begins with a 2 syllable line. With each subsequent line one adds 2 more up until you reach 10 syllables. Then you work backwards and end the prose by repeating your 1st line. You all probably already knew this but it was new to me!  

Anyway, I've been thinking (and literally dreaming) about my hair quite a bit lately. I am nearing 50 and it seems society frowns upon long haired "seniors". I have never liked how I looked with short hair. Subsequently, I've been hanging onto my length for as long as I can remember. But why should I abide by the dictates of society? Or is there another reason for hanging onto my hair? Regardless, I plan to keep my long locks.

Feel free to critique and/or tell my your personal opinions on the topic. 


beneath her hair

looking out upon the world

through long strands of wind blown tresses

what was once vanity became her veil

femininity’s auburn badge

masked truth…false strength…feigned charm

tousled tendrils



Things I've learned recently:

1.  A little added weight hides the wrinkles. Since my weight loss and attempts to gain some of it back I've been taken aback by the number of laugh lines I can suddenly call my own!

2. My daughter has grown into a beautiful, intelligent, honorable young lady. It baffles me that she can't see both her inner and outer beauty, but then I remember back to that age. I believe insecurity must be one of those stages of youth. Too bad some never manage to overcome it. 

3.  My dreams are not "normal". I've been Facebooking dream snippets here and there and am really surprised at the responses I receive. I can only gather most people either a) do not recall their dreams, b) are afraid to face their dreams or c) are simply sane. 

4.  I am stronger than I realized.

5.  The "Battle of the Gray" is never ending. 

6.  I'm not as busy as I think I am.

7.  Daily prayer and meditation keeps me centered, grounded.

8.  Although easy and convenient, crock-pot food all tastes the same.

9.  My spinach and cheese ravioli with creamy sun-dried tomato basil sauce is a hit at the local pot luck circuit. My goat cheese quesadillas are not. 

10. I have a tendency to talk too much, to ramble, to carry on, to banter, blather and chatter... oh well, you get the picture. 


I must take my leave now and go about my day. I have lots to do but you know something? It'll all get done. Take care my friends!


Brian Miller said...

very nicely done polly...i saw erics yesterday...and you both did very well...the last 3 lines are really tight...not sure i like the word crutch...it a hard word on the mouth when reading...

Unknown said...

Thank you Brian for the excellent advice. I have since edited the poem: crutch became veil.

Cheryl said...

Veil works very well here. Nicely done, Polly.

Endless Strength said...

What a terrific poem. I love it!

And, I, too, have a way of blabbering on...

Love reading your stuff.

Bubba said...

A wonderful rictameter and a delightful post, Polly!

Thanks for the shout-out!

Also, if you (or anyone else) are interested in flexing your writer's muscles some more, check out my new Monday Photo Prompt feature (found HERE!) on my photo blog, Bifocal Univision

thrasherswife said...

#8 made me laugh - i sooo agree as does my family. I've pretty much given up the crock pot.

#10 I'm so there with you... I'm a rambler. I pray that the Lord helps me say few words that mean alot... I have a far way to go!!!

Julie Kwiatkowski Schuler said...

My sister is the same age as you and she has lovely, long dark hair that I could never imagine her without. I think it's old fashioned to think just because you are older you have to cut your hair and get a granny do. Leave it long and flowing!

Jannie Funster said...

My Dearest Polly! I too will keep long hair as long as I can. And why NOT!? It we like our hair it radiates to our smiles!

And I had a quesadilla for brekkie. Not goat's cheese tho. Regular old cow cheddar, but way way yummy with eggs and potatoes.

I'm a blogging rambler too bytimes -- but that can be a very entertaining thing -- as it is here!!


Jannie Funster said...

"If" we like our hair, of course. Not "it" ... typo.



Tina said...

Great work! I've seen this style before, but didn't know what it was called. Gotta go check out Eric's. As to the hair thing, I kept mine long for years and years, (as in 38 maybe??) but it's so fine and so thin that it didn't look very good. Slowly but surely I went a little shorter each time and can now happily say that I have short hair and I should have done it long ago. You, my dear, have fabulous hair. Enjoy its length and celebrate your successes!

Raoulysgirl said...

When it comes to hair, I say...whatever makes you happy. You have beautiful hair and I think that you should do what makes you feel best. That's what really matters!!!



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