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Fish Lips

My father had a Dick Tracy nose, 
sometimes referred to as Roman, 
beneath which were his thick, full lips. 
His fraternal twin, on the other hand, had thin lips 
(Genes are strange things.). 
I don’t know where on the family tree either inherited them, 
but I do know that my father’s proved dominant: 
I have them, 
my daughter does,
(I no longer have any idea what her mother’s were like.),
my son does. 

I was never aware that mine were my father’s until, 
upon seeing a photo of her grandfather, 
whom she never knew, 
my daughter remarked that he had “fish lips” 
like hers and like mine.
I showed her a photo of her half-brother, 
whom she barely knew then, 
and, yes, there they were.

There are many traits that my father imparted to me. 
Sadly, not all were as wonderful as his fish lips. 
But I’ve been told more than once
that my kisses are soft and sensual. 
What more can I ask? 

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  1. Date: 7/5/2013 10:36:00 PM
    hmmm, I don't see them in your picture. The mustache is to hide them? heehee. I just HAD to read this one. The title was so interesting. Yes, genes sure are interesting. For example, my mom and dad both in their 80's now but all us girls have weird problems neither of them ever had. In fact, I swear they are in better shape than WE are. Roman nose. Geez, I got that one too. I call it my Cherokee nose and hate my profile.

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    Date: 7/6/2013 8:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    A moustache hides many things. I've had it since 1969, and have considered shaving experiments, but I don't want my face, wrinkled as it is, to change any more. One day soon I intend to make a list of my mother-genes and my father-genes. As to noses, I always like distinguished ones, and wish I had one. I suppose a nose-job could solve that problem.