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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Beardscapes (I, II, III)

Beardscapes

I.

There are landscapes and seascapes, yes

but are there mindscapes, gutscapes?

smellscapes for the dog's wondrous nose?

are there beardscapes?

Scapes of stubble and skin?

II.

My hand checks the imperfection of my shave

It feels the slight variances, rough spots

Moving with and against the grain

Better even than my imperfect eye

III.

The blade is sharp

Though encased in a mechanism to ensure "safety"

I scrape it against my face

In the shower, without a mirror

An exercise in proprioception

Or stupidity

On the stove

The Water is boiling

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