A son of mine did what I feared—
He left my house and grew a beard.
He learned to handle life alone—
Then found a girl to call his own.
Soon independence fell to whim—
He let her give his beard a trim.
He never did the same again—
I do consider that a win.
Jane Blanchard lives and writes in Georgia. Her first collection, Unloosed, is available from Kelsay Books. Her second, Tides & Currents, is forthcoming from the same.