A Thousand Words

Written by: ilene bauer

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!