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Washing Her Face

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jwesley
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Washing Her Face


She never liked me to watch her
clean her face.
She said
it was like having someone watch
as your soul was stripped
to it's bare essentials.
First she'd brush her hair,
then pull it back,
holding it from her face with a plastic band.
Then,
when she wore them,
the eyelashes came off,
the mascara,
and the makeup,
in it's various layers.
The lipstick
she saved for last,
as if it was the final desecration.
She'd wash her face then,
with the special soap she bought,
slowly,
gently,
as if savoring the pleasure.
She never liked me to watch her
clean her face,
but I secretly spy,
every chance I get,
through the partially open door.
I watch,
as chameleon like,
she wipes away the day,
and becomes the woman
I love,
and adore.

W. James Beard, Jr.

© Copyright 2000 Wesley James Beard, Jr. - All Rights Reserved
Michael
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1 posted 05-02-2000 08:25 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Wow, this was extraordinary.  'tis true the concept many women have of having to be someone else (in appearance) is exactly the opposite of reality, at least for me.  Love the line about stripping the soul...  powerful words.  Very well done poem.

Michael
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~Oh my gosh...this is great.  
     * I watch, as chameleon like, she wipes away the day, and becomes the woman I love and adore......Awesome,awesome,awesome!!!
Joel the wolf
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3 posted 05-02-2000 08:35 PM       View Profile for Joel the wolf   Email Joel the wolf   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Joel the wolf's Home Page   View IP for Joel the wolf

I'd sneak in to my mothers room as she did her face when I was a kid.
She became my mom again.
great poem
Joel.

 I howl a mournful song, that echos within my chambered heart, for all to read? nay for all to feel.
Anvrill
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4 posted 07-27-2002 10:45 AM       View Profile for Anvrill   Email Anvrill   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Anvrill's Home Page   View IP for Anvrill

I have a moment almost like this in one of my stories, actually...

written in blood before everything went black

JCV

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