what we have//in common (&how christmas fits strangely in i think)

from my sketchbook

from my sketchbook

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he comments on FB on my post,
“You’re kind of like Frida”
(figure he means Kahlo)
“you literally put yourself
into your painting”

& i type a reply// hesitate//
stop in the tracks & — yep–
(first thing that jumps to my mind)
i have a mustache as well—
(if i don’t shave it)
**pLL..LlinN*ngGG**

see, i know this is no theme for christmas
but my hair–
En Garde! // Go in and win!
pair of scissors, razor sHaRP, sTriPs//hOt
cOLd (ouch)zipZiPzZZZziiPpP//BraZiliaN
waXing//fOaM&(s)cReAm///
(sToP//we’re uNaRmed!!)—at times
i’m sick of all the fuzz

&wanna let it grow like bear’s fur
in a wondrous forest, warm&wild
as high bars// rings&swings for dreams with
gossamer antennae & most fragile limbs
(there IS some sort of comfort
in that soft fluff just above–)

sometimes — in winter–
(pssshhht—)
when no one sees,
i let nature have its way–

on a trip,
in the clothes shop with my colleague
“oh i love that dress”
“try it on”
“i can’t”
“why not?”
“my legs are unshaved”
“that’s no reason– try it”
“promise not to laugh”

& then she almost falls off the chair
and after aiming with a hanger at her,
we both laugh ‘til tears run down our cheeks
“i told you–”

brushing single hairs in this & that
direction (soft&thoughtFul), hubs says
“you don’t need to shave for me”
he means it
& it sounds like a small thing, yet
for me, changes everything

& by the way,
next time when i met my colleague,
(dressed in blazer and business pant)
she looked at my legs
(yep.. you can’t forget that)
“shaved or unshaved?”
“shaved” i grin
“how boring”
& i feel like Frida– just a bit–

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see…i was about to paint her a mustache but..smiles.. hope you’re enjoying the holidays… thanks for being around, for reading and commenting and for your friendship throughout the year…smiles

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26 responses to “what we have//in common (&how christmas fits strangely in i think)

  1. Shaving … waxing … to do or not to do, that is the question … o,the joys of being a woman … Merry X Mas and a Happy New Year … Frida 🙂 Love, cat.

  2. And now you’ve made me grin. I love how you put yourself in all of your poetry as well. Wishing you and your family a lovely holiday time. xo

  3. Claudia, you definitely are a good artist! And I appreciate that you put yourself into both your art and your poetry. THAT is always a gift (in my opinion) to the viewer / reader. Yes, perhaps bears do have an advantage especially in winter! Smiles.

  4. an honest poem…i applaud your bravery…though i think you are just as beautiful fuzz or not…smiles….a fun interaction with your friend…and sometimes there is comfort in just letting nature have its course…i am glad that your hubs is as comfortable with it as well….

  5. poking fun at one’s self is great fodder for a poem and I can relate to this one; Frida was an excellent cook and pretty savvy politically, as you must be….quite
    similar as artists as well…smiles…her signature eyebrows notwithstanding

  6. I so enjoy your work (words & art). Can I tell you about my life with cream depilatory? I have a pact with a dear friend; if I lose my mind or go on life support she is responsible for hair removal…hahaha!
    Beautiful holidays to you and yours!

  7. My laugh just faded into a huge smile. I wondered if spouses talked about these things and whether German girls ever shaved their legs–my brother said that all those he met as an exchange student did not. I don’t, though I used to in summer to look more normal at a swim club. I love the link with Frida Kahlo’s face and art on every level. I resonate more with your happiness, though; I would not wish anyone her pain.

    • smiles… you know indeed…when i was a kid none of the women i knew shaved… it started when i was about 16 i think.. today everyone shaves… everywhere…literally…ha…my son even got his breast hair waxed….ouch…smiles

  8. Women shave almost their entire bodies now. I think it is sad and weird. We are women…not little girls. We have hair in all the right places. 🙂 Happy holidays to you.

  9. Ha ha…I must admit I can’t remember the last time I had hairy legs…prickly sometimes yes there’s got to be a day when I’ll let nature take its course again… what freedom. You’re much braver than me that’s for sure! Very much enjoyed your poem as I always do! Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year! 🙂

  10. Oh the perpetual battle and it gets worse with age–argh. One of the best gifts is being accepted as you are, lovely gift from your husband. And thank you for all your gifts of words, kindness and inspiration this year. Smiles and wishes for much happiness to you and your family 🙂

  11. “waXing//fOaM&(s)cReAm///” I can hear Diego Rivera protesting, “But I love your eyebrow!” I like how the unconventional capitalization and punctuation reads, it really adds something playful here.