I cut a #fringe #poem

I cut a fringe to hide my frown lines
I hate my frown lines but I love myself
– no –
I hate myself but love my frown-lines
– no –
I love my frown-lines and myself but
I don’t like how they look in the mirror
– no –
I cut a fringe because I cannot afford botox
– no –
I don’t want to inject myself with poison
– but –
I really don’t want to see
those frown-lines staring back at me
and so
a fringe I cut.

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Written for dVerse

Lisa is hosting dVerse poetics, and she has asked us to write about edges, or fringes. This got me thinking about cutting my hair into a fringe. I had one as a teenager but I hated it because my hair was too thick and curly, so I grew it out and wore my hair in a side-parting. Then these very marked frown lines started to appear on my forehead (I guess because I’m quite a serious person) until in the end I just didn’t want to look at them any more. It was either botox or a fringe, so I took the less drastic option.

I have written about self-acceptance, and it’s a wonderful thing, but sometimes it’s easier said than done. This is the kind of nonsense that goes on in my head as I journey towards self-acceptance. The photo is not me, but I rather like the hairstyle…

64 thoughts on “I cut a #fringe #poem

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  1. This is different, Ingrid, and very effective! I used to have a fringe, but I got fed up with it growing over my glasses, so I let it grow out.

  2. You managed to write a fun poem with a serious message.
    We call them bangs here, but fringe is such a better word. The problem with having them is it takes forever to grow out!

  3. don’t hide the frowns share them with the world. mine show the world i have been to the university of life and still survive to share what i have learnt.

  4. the whole dichotomy of keeping up appearances and self-acceptance masterfully written Ingrid!

    I love that cut and colour, our national colours, must be an aussie model ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. lol I went white far younger than you are now. Hennaed it for years but go natural now, attempting to look mature ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I like the term fringe. I wonder why there were ever called “bangs” to begin with! Never thought about it before. Now I shall always wonder what’s under the fringes!

  6. This felt like a stream of consciousness to me, Ingrid – was it? Or did you deliberately shape the poem to make it feel that way? Either way, wow, well done!


  7. It’s a great poem. The repetition is very effective. But character is beautiful. You are beautiful because of who you are not because of a line or two on your forehead. But cutting a fringe can feel liberating and new. So I hope you love it.

  8. Love it!
    When my hair started going white I started dyeing it – I tried pink and purple and blue, but they didn’t really work for me. I’ve settled on green. But I think you could pull off purple. ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. I cut my center part into bangs for style, but never grew it back out for the same reason. I too love that striped fringe!. (K)

  10. I like your internal discussion. I do this all the time. As for fringe, I haven’t the patience to grow mine out.

  11. No matter how you cut it, you’re beautiful, fringe or no fringe and def no botox needed. well, don’t listen to me cuz i just let it go.. no poison goin on here,. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿค—

  12. I really enjoyed this poem, especially how it’s so relatable. We all have elements of ourselves that we try to hide while attempting to accept all of ourselves at the same time.

  13. I enjoyed how you played with the “cutting lines” (editing) aspect of the prompt while also using “cut” literally. Nicely done.

  14. You brought out a true picture of what happens most times Ingrid. There are always choices but they make life difficult just choosing the likely one compared to what is desired.


  15. LOVE the illustration and LOVE the words here, Ingrid. You made me smile. My only question is, “Is your fringe two-toned like the model’s?”

  16. Ingrid, I cannot stop giggling … my fringe hides frown lines and sparse eyebrows. Aging is a challenge, let me tell you. On the other hand, it hides skin cancer surgery scars.

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