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A Thousand Words

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A Thousand Words

A picture’s worth a thousand words,
At least that’s what they say;
But sometimes truth’s revealed
That really takes your breath away.

Perhaps you never realized
That you have an extra chin;
Or that some yellow teeth appear
When you decide to grin.

A bald spot that you cannot see
‘Cause it’s behind your head
Is captured in a photograph,
Exposing how it’s spread.

A zit you thought quite indistinct
Sticks out like a sore thumb;
And all that graying hair laid bare’s
Enough to make you numb.

I’d rather hear a thousand words
And wish I’d never seen
The pictures that I saw today
On my computer screen!

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  1. Date: 10/31/2012 1:06:00 PM
    And that is why I'm a photoless guy. Just joking, I'm really quite handsome for a balding, paunch belly, middle aged, oh my God! Are you kidding. :)

  1. Date: 10/28/2012 5:53:00 PM
    Beautiful and clever.

  1. Date: 10/27/2012 8:19:00 PM
    Well done, so far I've enjoyed 2 out of 2. You have a very playful style. I look forward to more of your writing.

  1. Date: 10/27/2012 5:03:00 PM
    This was a lot of fun and somehow sad as well. I guess that's why people don't like having their photos taken.

  1. Date: 10/27/2012 10:28:00 AM
    you are not alone ilene, i got all of those, like how you wrote this...awesome...

  1. Date: 10/26/2012 4:50:00 PM
    Quite a feat... In about a hundred words, you've captured a rather grim picture of decay... Terry (Yes, a good poem)

  1. Date: 10/26/2012 11:46:00 AM
    hahahaha, it's really sad to see this happen in real life. When someone you always knew as so handsome is revealed for how they let themselves go. (aging does not help either). I always enjoy your stuff.

  1. Date: 10/26/2012 11:43:00 AM
    Yes, it's true Ilene, beautifully written. I have "major cleanup" .... find many "old pictures" that tells .... Have a nice weekend. -oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 10/26/2012 11:29:00 AM
    oh this is brilliant Ilene, absolutely brilliant xx

  1. Date: 10/26/2012 11:05:00 AM
    A funny but precisely true work written in your usual competent and amusing manner...I really enjoyed reading this today.

  1. Date: 10/26/2012 9:56:00 AM
    Ilene; You are so right. A picture is worth a thousand words. I'm wondering - what did you see in your computer screen? Sometimes I look at pictures of myself, before and after and it's a real trip. Thanks for sharing. Lucilla