The POTW: Verse Til It Hurts


POTW #876
(Week of 15 February, 2015)



Smoothing the wrinkles and buttoning the nose
Page one and two as the surgery goes
Inflating the cheeks and concealing the truth
Relentless pursuit of additional youth
Thinning the hair out, reducing the limbs
Removing the teeth to put tiny ones in
Diapers and onesies for dressing for younger
Elaborate formula feeding the hunger
Of course, if you seem to be tender of age
Slender maturity likewise is gauged
Drawn by the precious few years you project
A picture of trouble inspiring respect
Some phony bifocals can go a long way
Highlighted laugh lines and counterfeit grey
A wardrobe outdated, antique, and passe
A well-practiced stoop and some quaint things to say
And the day that you start looking older mysteriously
Is the day you will finally be taken seriously
A wise elder figure, like Mom or the pope
Though that also might not be all you had hoped

Copyright © 2015 by Dave Grossman

Permanent link to this entry:


The POTW has been on hiatus for a few years now, but you never know when I might pick it back up again. If you use a blog reader of some sort, you can add the poem to it using This Link. Or, if you like, you can have the POTW sent to you by email every week (it's FREE). With our high-tech automated system, all you have to do is send an email to from the mail account where you want to receive it, and we'll put you on the list. You will receive a confirmation by email, although it may take a while as the automated subscription process is quite complex and arcane. (You can see just exactly how complex and arcane it is by taking our guided tour.)

No strings are attached. No salesmen will visit your home. No spam will occur. Your privacy will be vigorously protected. If you have questions, consult the FAQ.

Buy This Book:

Interested in more? Check out "Ode to the Stuff in the Sink," Dave's illustrated book of "guy" verse (concerning the deeper philosophies of things like not doing the laundry, putting your feet on the furniture, and of course beer) at the Maximegalomporium (our store). And did I mention it was illustrated? Pictures!

Where Do You Get Your Ideas?:

Like any self-respecting citizen of the modern age, I use machinery.

Other Frequently Asked Questions:

Consult the POTW FAQ.