Like Time’s insidious wrinkle
On a beloved Face
We clutch the Grace the tighter
Though we resent the crease
People are more than just the way they look.
~Madeleine L’Engle from A Wrinkle in Time
Just a glance in the mirror tells me all I need to know:
the creases I see remind me
each wrinkle shows my life in action,
so tangible, so telling, so mobile –
they multiply particularly when I smile and laugh
so I must do both more often.
I won’t hide them
nor tighten them away
or inject them smooth.
Instead I’ll grin at the wrinkle of time’s passing
knowing each line gained
is grace clutched tightly
in my otherwise loosening grasp.
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