Treasure Island

Scarlett Treat

(1941 / Jug Fork, Mississippi)

Fighting Aging

The wrinkles are cavorting
on my lips and my face,
reminding me
of bothersome years!

They are chortling,
and laughing aloud,
running their
linear flirtations!

I cringe!
I cry! I sigh,
then I realize
It's a losing battle.

So I give in gracefully.

Submitted: Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Edited: Saturday, August 07, 2010

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  • Cj Heck (2/15/2007 11:28:00 AM)

    Boy, can I relate to this poem, Scarlett! ! It's funny how we just learn to live with the changes going on... but just between us, I'm dragging my feet all the way! Great poem!
    CJ (Report) Reply

  • fanniesson - (8/28/2006 12:23:00 PM)

    love it great write here
    you got the over 50 crowd
    right in the heart with this one
    Good to know someone is
    thinking the same thoughts
    at my or about the same age (Report) Reply

  • Sid John Gardner. (6/25/2006 4:06:00 PM)

    Weve all got a few 'Laughter lines' Scarlett.It makes us who we are.
    Nice write,
    Kind Regards Sid John. (Report) Reply

  • Dee Daffodil (6/23/2006 8:21:00 PM)

    Very good imagery Scarlett...I can picture those naughty wrinkles having the time of their life. With age, comes wisdom... (Report) Reply

  • Sylvia Spencer (6/23/2006 5:49:00 PM)

    read the poem and loved it we all have to take care but don't let it pull you down, because we are growing old with gracefullness so be it, brilliant words. cheers Rosie (Report) Reply

  • R H (6/22/2006 8:26:00 AM)

    Superb poem Scarlett - lovely personification at play. Let wrinkles cavort and chortle - that way you know you'll always be you! Warmest wishes, Justine (Report) Reply

  • Alison Cassidy (6/22/2006 2:29:00 AM)

    Scarlet Tweet, I know just what you mean. I avoid mirrors with flourescent lights. That helps. I recall my darling mum, well into her eighties, saying 'You know, Darling, I know I look like a withered old prune, but feel just the same inside! ' I think the reason our eyesight goes in our forties is to give us insurance against seeing things too clearly in our sixties and beyond. love Allie Cat (Report) Reply

  • Esther Leclerc (6/20/2006 7:37:00 PM)

    Tell you what, there is nothing more lovely than a smile. : ]
    My mother is 79 now, but when she smiles you'd never guess her age.
    Be YOU and SMILE - there's a beauty girl! ! ! Love, Esther : ] (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Tyler (6/20/2006 12:18:00 PM)

    Oh, you put yourself down Scarlett! Very witty indeed, had me rushing for the Garnier Revitalift. Hah hah (Report) Reply

  • Alice Vedral Rivera (6/20/2006 11:47:00 AM)

    This is so cute, but sorry, I can't really relate. My younger sisters have more wrinkles than I do - one of them once gave me a card that basically said that I'm not getting the concept of aging. This makes up for looking like 12 when I was 30 and having a hard time getting into bars because they thought my ID was fake while my sisters were able to get in even though they were under age. But I do think I have more gray hairs, it's hard to tell - they color theirs.

    avr (Report) Reply

  • Joseph Daly (6/20/2006 11:05:00 AM)

    Nice oneScarlett! I have the same thing. I used to wish for grey hair so that people would take me seriously. I have it now. (Report) Reply

  • Ernestine Northover (6/20/2006 10:41:00 AM)

    Don't we all Scarlett! ! ! ! ! I haven't even considered Botox. I shall grow old gracefully, or disgracefully, whichever comes along. Loved this one very much. Love Ernestine.XXX (Report) Reply

  • Sidi Mahtrow (6/20/2006 10:22:00 AM)

    In men it's character,
    In women - old age's disaster.
    The problem is one of living long and well,
    But the alternative, What the hell.
    Better to be wrinkled and ugly,
    Than six feet under, poking up daisies.

    s (Report) Reply


    There are lots of fabulous moisturizers...and very important to use sun screen. I worked with this woman who was in her 80's and still remarkably beautiful and youthful. She played tennis every morning and had an exquisitely healthy diet. My mother is two years older than the age it says you are....and she has the loveliest wrinkles yet. I hope those genes pay off for me in later years.

    and about the 'poem'; it's cute. (Report) Reply

  • Debora Short (6/20/2006 9:46:00 AM)

    Smile more... those lines are marks of victory. honor, joy and love...
    wondrous treasures worthy of displaying in a favorite vase!

    Blessings ~ Debora (Report) Reply

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (6/20/2006 9:05:00 AM)

    LOL...FINE PIECE INDEED, NOT A DAMN WRINKLE IN IT! '''''''''''''''FRANK (Report) Reply

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