A Map of Her Face

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub - Quadrille #175 - mapping out
our poems  (posted by whimsygizmo). "Map"

She wears the map
of years across her face–
forehead frown lines
of disappointment,
crow’s feet circling
weary eyes. All
those instances where
she could not muster
a smile, pull corners
of her mouth into
a permanent frown.  She
imagines the future at 50.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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16 Responses to A Map of Her Face

  1. whimsygizmo says:

    I feel so drawn to this line, alone:
    “She wears the map”

    Our bodies ARE maps…veins, scars, stretch marks, all. I simply love this.


  2. Sadje says:

    Lovely take Sara


  3. Helen says:

    I can feel the futility here ….


  4. Misky says:

    There are somethings that a good moisturiser can’t fix.


  5. It’s well described – and it makes me smile., At 83, 50 seems now so young.


  6. msjadeli says:

    Love “the crows feet circling her weary eyes.” Living can be hard at times, and I think she’s had a rougher time than many…


  7. Great (and relatable) take on the prompt.


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