The Ichabod Crane

I trimmed my beard today,

back to sporting the Ichabod Crane,

thoughts haunted by my wife’s voice, 

as faceless hair circles 

and clogs the drain twice.

What pale skin  

below this black and gray

bare tundra I so disdain,

it bothers me losing my chin

to such a stiff razor wind.

Alas, spring swings into summer

sheers to shave off asphalt

and aerate albino jaw lines,

air conditioning at the 

eye-blinding expense of the

public stuck in traffic lights.

As I stare into my side-view mirror,

my vanity and mortality

are closer than they appear,

a white follicle snows atop my smile,

seasons inside me all

swept into the clear.

I crank up the radio

and let the moldy oldies warm

my misplaced, out of body soul,

for I have miles and miles still to go.  

About tyler4turtles

I am an avid photographer, poet, ecologist, bookworm, blogger, art enthusiast and runner who calls Montana home but lives in Oregon.
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12 Responses to The Ichabod Crane

  1. vmccall says:

    “my vanity and mortality are closer than they appear” …. love this.

    • Thank you, Victoria! Your kind words are much appreciated. Your shell-scape paintings never fail to inspire me. Keep up the excellent work, my friend, and have a great day 🙂
      Cheers,
      Tyler

  2. This was fun, I take it the time has come to shave the winter beard?

    • Thank you! How right you are! It was time to see what leftover food particles lurked under the thick carpet of my face. No time like the present to spring clean my mug and wax poetry instead of my mustache! Hope you are having a good day, my friend 🙂
      Cheers,
      Tyler

  3. Gallivanta says:

    We won’t know you! By the way, I have been looking at this http://www.ars.usda.gov/News/News.htm?modecode=53-58-15-00 What an incredible source of information.

    • Haha! Fortunately, my beard will grow back before you can miss me 🙂 Yes, I am familiar with the USDA link. I used this site a lot for my work. If you haven’t already checked it out, the USDA Plant database is an invaluable source for all kinds of botanical photos, species distribution maps and fact sheets. Hope you are having a swell tomorrow today!
      Cheers,
      Tyler 🙂

  4. words4jp says:

    I bet you feel naked:)

    • Haha! Yes, Kim, this too shall pass like an infant’s baldness. At least I don’t have to wear a ridiculous wig with a pony tail like Ichabod Crane 😉 Hope you are having a good day, my friend!
      Cheers,
      Tyler 🙂

  5. Reblogged this on The ancient eavesdropper and commented:

    Many a time has humor saved my sanity to spite my vanity…

  6. You frame things in such a unique way…your imageries…I was thinking I couldn’t relate to this at all, until the regret of razor stiff wind, and the miles and miles left to go, and the closeness of vanity. (temporally incorrect, but you get what I mean)

    Universal after all! Yet super unique, and what a weave of images. Well done, Tee Man. Happy Holidays to you and your fam!! 🙂

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