Monday, January 8, 2018

Such Lovely Words

Your magnificent story

Why would you wish
to change the canvas
of your beautiful face
as you age?
Why would you want
to rid yourself
of the unique terrain
you have so deservedly
come to inhabit,
the visible and faithful
testament that you
have lived?
Why would you
not want people to
recognize the multitude
of seasons that
considered you
a worthy dance partner ..
the droughts and harvests,
the winds and storms
that have shaped
your brow,
supplied you with
an enviable furrow,
that have deepened
and softened the gaze
of your sorrowing
and courageous eyes
with tears that shine
in the dark?
Why would you not
want to be that old
gnarly tree that
children can swing from
as you creak?
Why would you want
to betray your own
magnificent story ..
all the things you’ve done,
all the ways you’ve fallen
and gotten back up,
all the ways you’ve said
yes or no to love ..
why would you want
to let someone cut “you"
away and inject you
with the “not you" and
then pay for it?
Why would you want
to not become fully
yourself and be
recognizable to your
ancestors who walked
before you
when you die?
© Poetess (Rachelle Lamb)
Photo: Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen


  1. Simply WOW!! You can have NO idea how I needed this poem, this day, this minute. I looked in the mirror last night and was appalled at wrinkled and aged my face is---and I'm only 61. Mine has not been an easy life and every pain and sorrow and joy are printed on my face for all to see---very much like the beautiful lady in this picture...

  2. Thank you so much for this wonderful poem and for the beautiful woman whose picture you shared with it (I want to know her! I want to hear her stories!). This is so right, so true, and so much how I want to be.

    Thank you.

  3. This is a wonderful poem. It's exactly how I feel about every line on my 66 year old face.

  4. Beautiful Poem, but the women is positively filled with beauty.


  5. The poem and the woman... both of these changed how I felt today. Thank you!