Resistance to Gray

BeardIt’s April and that means a poem-a-day! This is my fifth April doing the challenge but I won’t be taking it as seriously this year as I have in the previous four. I might miss a day or two if I’m sufficiently distracted. The only reason I’m doing it at all is because I usually produce a poem good enough to be recognized on the Poetic Asides blog any given year. Yes, I only write poetry for the fame and glory. Oh, and the money too.

For today’s prompt, write a resistance poem. There are many forms of resistance, including militant resistance, resistance to new ideas, the resistance in exercise, and maybe even a little resistance to starting a new project. I hope you don’t resist the urge to write a poem today.

Resistance to Gray

It all started in the temples,
the grays began there.
At first, I wasn’t worried,
they were minor malcontents
and barely a bother.

But over the years
the grays have grown.
We’ve lost the side burns
and most of the cheek.
The mustache is still brown
but I fear for the chin.

Once the beard is gone,
under sway of the gray,
the scalp will surely fall
and then I might as well
just nuke the whole face.

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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3 Responses to Resistance to Gray

  1. Nuking the whole face seems a bit extreme, but I feel ya.

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  2. Will says:

    I thought the progression in the poem was very nice. I think the progression is from gray to white if we can learn anything from Hobbits.


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