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So I look like Wilfred Brimley,
It seems that I am told.
Well, I guess it doesn't matter much
As I am growing rather old.

When young and full of vanity
My mirror was my best friend.
Each blemish and strand of hair
Took hours without end.

Youth must give sway to latter years
Which creep up unawares.
with bounteous giftsof foils and snares
That cast silver in my hair.

The lines around my mouth and eyes
Are merits of my care.
sleepless nights and countless chores
Are any mother's fare.

My flawlessskin was once my pride
My burnished hair my prize.
There are but fleeting things
I finally realize.

So I look like Wilfred Brimley.
A sigh escapes my lips.
Its time to pluck my chin hairs
And jog inches from my hips.

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The following comments are for "In Praise of Ugly Women"
by The demure 1

Not sure how you equate age with ugliness, Demure but of course if you have been compared with Wilfred Brimley what can I say. Not a pretty picture! Amusing poem, Demure - keep on with the chin hairs!

( Posted by: witchy woman [Member] On: May 24, 2004 )

It's you! Honestly, I don't know whether you look like Wilfrid Brimley or not, but remember: that may not be a bad thing! Surely some people must find him handsome. Uh . . . but as a woman, you may not be thrilled to be found "handsome".

Anyway, hilarious poem! I loved it from beginning to end. Now, off to pluck your chin hairs, you!

( Posted by: Viper9 [Member] On: May 24, 2004 )

chin hairs etc...
This poem was way too funny! Thanks for the great read! When do we need to start checking for chin hairs???

( Posted by: nae411 [Member] On: May 24, 2004 )

Good men
Cheers, Penelope! I am with you 100% I too have a wonderful husband who tells me every day that I am beautiful. He sees below the surface where true beauty lives. Hooray for good men!

( Posted by: The demure 1 [Member] On: May 25, 2004 )

THIS IS HOW SO MANY WOMEN FEEL,EVEN THE YOUNGER, WITH THE SOCIAl setting on looks,truly I have seen so mANY TIMES NOT SUCH BEauty in men over endulged bodies an feathering hair,with pretty women who are taught that their worth is in their skin,, not the depth of their spirit,that makes me sad,could sAY THATS WHY I DONT DATE, AT ALL,,,JUST TIRED OF THE HASSLE

( Posted by: CoCo [Member] On: May 27, 2004 )

Ugly Women ;-(
Demure1, Cool poem! I'm glad you have a good husband that tells you everyday how beautiful you are.

( Posted by: tomasini [Member] On: July 31, 2006 )

In Praise of Ugly Women--The Demure 1
Wonderfully funny and lighthearted poem about a rather complicated subject. I'm with the Sisters Feline Whip in that I share their views on this subject.

( Posted by: Legs [Member] On: July 31, 2006 )

Chin hairs? the demure_1, what's wrong with that?
The demure 1,

Very funny poem.

Chin hairs? I think if Legs were to grow some chin whiskers I might find it kind of sexy in a cat-like sort of way.

( Posted by: MountainBill [Member] On: July 31, 2006 )

Tina-predisposition to violence,
How did I miss this gem? hilarious good fun read.

I think you missed the point in the reading of the Feline Sisterhood. Forgive my intrusion and my less than worthy male non-feminine perspective, but what I read in the sisterhood is far deeper than the issue of female rights?

I know that the mistreatment of women in the middle east is a serious problem and does have much to do with a predisposition to violence by what seems a deeply rooted and accepted level of "normal behavior" by many people in that region. The middle east is dominated by patriarchal societies and tribes of males who still, after several centuries, seem to hold a higher regard for their camels than they do for their women.

( Posted by: unseenwriterx [Member] On: August 1, 2006 )

the Demure1,
What Windchime said made me very sad. I didn't really understand your poem when I first read it because I've never heard of Wilfred Brimley. Windchime made me think about it. My great-grandparents are both really old and they look alike because they are the same ages. They have lived together forever.
But my mom's mom, my grandma isn't the same age as her husband, my step-grandpa. They won't get to grow old together. My step-grandpa will be all alone without my grandmother one day because my grandmother is so much older than him. I think he will be very sad. I know I would be sad if someone I loved died before me. My grandma will look like Wilfred Brimley when my step grandpa will still look young. That makes me think of a sad movie story. I think all women should not feel ugly ever. Getting old isn't against the law.

( Posted by: tomasini [Member] On: August 2, 2006 )

Tinalouisa, My grandpa won't care what my stepgrandma looks like. He doesn't care about that. He loves my grandmother alot. Thats not why I'm sad. I'm sad because my grandma will die before my stepgrandpa and he will be all alone. My stepgrandpa is so sweet and nice and the thought of how sad he will feel hurts me deep inside.

( Posted by: tomasini [Member] On: August 2, 2006 )

Fairplay, I couldn't agree with you more.

Demure, I absolutely loved this poem!!! They're (whoever they are) saying that girls are body conscious at the age of 5 or 6. Great to know it only gets worse from there. ;)

I say, pluck the whiskers if you must, but leave the padding on the hips - they may be the only thing maintaining that much-sought after girlish figure.

On second thought, leave the whiskers. And who needs to shave their legs, anyway? We're not paying for smooth legs, we're paying for nicked ankles.

( Posted by: chinadoll [Member] On: August 2, 2006 )

I'm blushing!
Even my chin hairs are glowing!! Thank you, thank you - this was in response to one of my nephew's comments but as I wrote it I realized "Hey, the years are creeping up but I couldn't care less!" I will be attending my son's soccar games while my friends are auditioning for old folks' homes. Age doesn't matter. My husband, too, is considerably younger than myself - that makes me sad sometimes as he will be alone. Age is in a matter of the mind to a certain extent.
Yes, I think I will need to address some more global issues as well. I'm thinking about it!
Thank you for reading this! I appreciate the comments, one and all.

( Posted by: The Demure 1 [Member] On: August 7, 2006 )

No - -you were never supposed to be Wilfrid Brimley. I wasn't talking about you? Did you think I was? How embarrassing.

Oh my God . . .

( Posted by: viper9 [Member] On: August 7, 2006 )

Dearest Viper
By Aunt Fannie's spotted bloomers - I haven't seen you that excited since the wolf incident. No, it was a comment but not about me - I can't remember what the comment was but the poem just came to me. No indeed, you're still in my will, heh, heh.

( Posted by: The demure 1 [Member] On: August 7, 2006 )

Ah Ha, Viper
It was your poem "She Looks Like wilfred Brimley" That did it.

( Posted by: The Demure 1 [Member] On: August 7, 2006 )

A Classic
Yeah. One of my earliest and best. LOL.

( Posted by: Viper9 [Member] On: August 7, 2006 )

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