You know you have crow’s feet now?”

“No, those are just smiling lines.”

“You never used to have them!”

“I never used to smile as much.”

The  wrinkles on the left corner of my eye are from Vietnam.

From Ha and the kindness of her family,

the class that I taught each day,

the nights out on the town,

the traveling adventures.

The wrinkles on the right corner of my eye are from my travels.

From swinging in the trees,

swimming with the fishes,

kayaking along the coast,

the people I have met along the way.

The wrinkles deep within my forehead are from China.

From the bicycle rides in Shanghai,

the hikes in Hong Kong

the fun I have in my classrooms,

the interesting experiences I encounter.

The wrinkles at the tips of my mouth are from Jeezy.

From the incessant jokes,

the kitchen dance parties,

the hugs and smoochies,

the life we have created together.

9 thoughts on “Wrinkles

  1. Your writing in this poem is quite evocative. The strong link between life experiences, smiles and the acquisition of what we might refer to as facial time lines is so well constructed through your writing. You might appreciate this link to another wrinkle reference -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzDCCGUVAaI&list=RDyzDCCGUVAaI#t=0
    Thank you for brightening my reading day with your words.

  2. I love this poem! You are adding wrinkles to my face as I read and smile and think back on where my wrinkles come from. I may have to borrow your idea!

  3. I love your post as well, I think I’m adding new laugh and smile lines as I read all of our Slices! My husband blames his bald head on me, gee, I make him that happy! Hahaha!

  4. I’m with Jennifer, I love this post too. If there truly are wrinkles (which I doubt), they were put there by living a rich and full life. The life you are about to embark on with babe will be the best yet to come. Where will those wrinkles reside?

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