Mushy Face Is No Disgrace

Mushy Face Is No Disgrace

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reader's Choice 20th Anniversary Edition

Mushy Face Is No Disgrace

Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened.

~Jennifer Yane

In the mirror is a face,

Oh my goodness what a face!

Used to be so firm and full.

Hair as coarse as new clipped wool;

Now it’s gone from black to gray,

Incremental, day by day.

Mushy face is no disgrace;

Loss of tone is commonplace.

Still, it’s interesting to see

My youth vanish by degree.

In the mirror is a face

Of a man you can’t replace;

Though it sags from ear to ear,

Not yet will it disappear.

Droopy cheeks and widow’s peaks,

Older than valued antiques;

Strange that this image I see

Represents reality.

Really now, how can it be

That this old fossil face is me?

~Robert Tell

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