Hair Length


It takes a year

to grow four inches of hair.

When I see hair

gently creeping down a back,

an ass, a thigh;

that’s at least six years

getting to know it,

eight years without

rash act of shears,

ten years of growing into.


By then, they either know what they are,

or it’s time for a change.

Black, yellow, brown, red

looking to find out in growing

how the hell to live with it.


first published in Living With a Stranger: self portrait, 1993.




About johnsmithiiimxiii

John Smith, IIMXIII is the avatar of an award winning poet, artist, etc. who still lives in the Palouse country of the Pacific NW. He has not received much notice with his prose . . . but as his avatar, I hope that he keeps plugging along.

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