john bennett | the hair of an old man

The Hair of an Old Man

In the
dream I
gradually notice
that I’m
getting younger.


But although
the consciousness
behind the
face is
the same,
the face
itself is
not mine;
it’s the
face of
an alternative
younger me,
someone I
could have
been.


What I’m mostly
taken with
tho is
the hair.


The hair
is thick
& rich &
pitch black.


I’m in
my house
in the
dream &
there’s a
woman with
me I
can’t identify.


I bring
her into
the bathroom
to look
into the
mirror over
the sink.


I want
verification
of what’s
happening.


I don’t
mention the
startling
new face,
I concentrate
on the
hair.


“Look,”
I say.
“My hair
has turned
black again.”


“It’s the mirror,”
she says
& tilts
my head
a certain
way so that
my hair
turns gray
& brittle,
the hair
of an
old man.

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