Keeping Up Appearances

by Lynn White


I’ve always been somewhat vain
always combed and creamed,
groomed and preened,
and wanted to look my best,
not a hair out of place.

Is such vanity sinful?
Maybe it is.

But vanity was not my crime.
My crime was committed
on the day the hair
Just one hair
of place.

But they saw it.

That was the crime
I died for.

Lynn White lives in north Wales. Her work is influenced by issues of social justice and events, places and people she has known or imagined. She is especially interested in exploring the boundaries of dream, fantasy and reality. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net and a Rhysling Award.

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