• djehanepoetry 1w


    I have some uninvited guests: they appear every
    Morning, doing their best to ruin a smooth face.
    At night, after a wearisome day, they are even more
    Visible. Turning my skin into some sort of crinkled fabric.
    They are beauty’s worst enemy: wrinkles!
    They sneak upon you when you least expect it,
    Challenging you to do something about them:
    To fight, erase or perhaps delete them!
    Well, they’re welcome to stay! I will not use
    Botox or any other chemical or surgical procedure that
    Claims the empty promise of youth after seventy,
    Whose only aftermath is a hazardous side effect
    To every other aspect of the face,
    Turning it into a creased map of the world.
    The only guarantee that these methods offer
    Is to emphasize the presence of wrinkles that
    Intend to show you who’s boss! If wrinkles were
    The testimony of a lifetime marked with courage and
    Hard work, I would proudly display them like a flag, like
    A well-earned diploma or the symbol of a fulfilled life!

    © Djehane Hassouna, 2005

    Rainbow of Emotions, page 124