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29 October 2016

Wearing it Like a Flag

I am snowy, she is steely silver.
My dear late husband's hair was perfect white
like the very best quality paper,
or clean snow – but softer, not blinding bright;
more halo-like, symbol of inner light.

Old blondes are sometimes yellow-streaked. I'm glad
mine didn't go like that. I always had
a hankering for beautiful white hair.
'But you'll look old!' they told me. Well, my bad.
I'm old, snowy and proud; finally there.

Linking to Poets United's Poetry Pantry #326

24 comments:

  1. How I LOVE that you are "old, snowy and proud". Glorious!

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  2. Whites can be as elegant as can be imagined. A crowning glory in fact!

    Hank

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  3. and that's all that really matters

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  4. Yes. I've worked hard for my grey hairs. A badge of office.

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  5. As a man I'm happy to have any hair at all... and thick white hair is great.

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  6. old, snowy and proud... bravo...guess i'm getting there :)

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  7. Dirty grey for me, just not pure enough for white!

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  8. I have not seen my real colour for about 20 years. I think the shock might kill me LOL.

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  9. Oh Rosemary ❤️ you're a fine woman and I so love this glorious poem!!

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  10. yes, and wearing it proudly! :)
    thanks, now i know what's a dizain.

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  11. Words of wisdom from a snowy white owl. You are aging gracefully I think!

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  12. I love the description of Andrew's hair. It was beautiful.

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  13. I love people with snow white hair xD reminds me of my old librarian :')

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  14. Yes, I agree "old, snowy and proud" is quite simply and profoundly and absolutely GLORIOUS! Thank you for this one... !

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  15. Love this. BE proud! It's beautiful.

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  16. happy you are 'hair-proud'
    have a lovely Sunday

    much love...

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  17. I loved this today! I love my grey--although mine is maybe more white than anything else these days--happy sunday!

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  18. Enjoyed this! The title is PURE INSPIRATION. Very cool!

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  19. That deserves a toast, Rosemary. Cheers to that phase of color change due to experience and enjoyment of life. :)

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  20. Pure white hair, and all the shades of grey, has a beauty of its own.

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  21. Nice. I tried to capture the way blonde sometimes goes by writing that a character's hair was 'colorless'... but my editor objected strenuously.
    SO difficult to describe what happens to blonde sometimes, isn't it?

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