Poetry Friday: The Pandemic Made me Do It (Again)


Years ago, I said I had enough,
never would I do it again.

You said, “I hurt you,”
and recoiled from my touch.

It didn’t take long to decide to stop.
Several months of seeing you look ragged & unkempt.

I didn’t know what I was doing,
I told you that.

I felt strong in my refusal.
For years, my decision held fast.
I did not budge or change my mind.

Still, I haven’t learned.
But, when you asked,
I caved.

“Sure,” I said.
“I can do it.”

“You have to tell me if I hurt you,”
I said. “It’ll be okay,” you told me.

Soon, the kitchen floor showed my handiwork.
Feeling around, you said, “I think it’s good.”

“You better go check,” I pleaded.
“Just to make sure.”

“A little more,” you asked when you returned.
“Here, where my hand is,” you said.

I took more time to do as you asked.
I stayed calm and patient.  Careful not to hurt, as I went on.

No longer was I afraid.
The hair cut was done.

It was okay.


It is Poetry Friday! This week’s round-up is hosted by Jama’s Alphabet Soup. Thank you for hosting!

15 thoughts

  1. As I sit here, feeling more like a woolly mammoth with the passing of each day while harbouring a genuine concern about going out to get a haircut, along comes your poem Carol, to prompt my thinking. I enjoyed how you returned, be it with reticence, to the scene of an earlier time and negotiated the follow up haircut. Well done on the writing and the success of the clip.

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    1. Thanks so much! My son – not the one who was referred to in the poem – but another – is champing at the bit to get a haircut tomorrow – today the wait was 3 hours. He’s hoping it will be less. Are your still a wooly mammoth?


  2. HA! You had me worried at first…
    Hubby managed to outlast the closures and avoid my home haircut. He has one of the first appointments…today!

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  3. At first I thought it was a project to do with the floor, but love that ending. I’m glad it all worked for you, as did the poem showing those ups & downs.

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