An American sentence:
I carefully trim my beard, recalling why Papa didn’t want one.
What’s an ‘American Sentence’?
Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He felt that removing the line count freed the American Sentence up for the idiosyncrasies of English phonemes.
- Composed in one line;
- Syllabic, 17 syllables;
- Condensed, written with no unnecessary words or articles;
- Complete sentence or sentences;
- Includes a turn or enlightenment.
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30 thoughts on “Smooth, or: Bearded”
The beard is not my favorite fashion. Son #2 looks really good with a beard – and he keeps it trimmed and tidy. Son #1 is not as careful and it often looks more pirate like – but he enjoys it!
🧡 🤷🏻♂️ Muri 🤷🏻♂️ 🧡
Why didn’t your Papa want a beard? Just curious. I hated my husband’s “Odessa gangster” – style mustache but insisted on a beard.
🖤🙏🏻 Dolly 🙏🏻🖤 ~ he didn’t want to waste time making it look presentable
How about the time men spend shaving every day? Compared to 10 minutes once a month my husband spends at a Cuban barber shop, smoking his cigar and drinking a cafecito while his beard and hair are getting attended to, I don’t know what wins.
Oh, and forgot to mention fiery Cuban music.
I agree with your father, haha. I’ve never had more than a thin goatee.
💗🙏🏻 Brandon 🙏🏻💗 ~ he wanted to look good, but in as simple a manner as possible
But shaving every day! I remember my father with little pieces of paper covering the nicks. (K)
Well, Papa thought that easier and less vain
We have so many associations around hair–both men and women. Beards and vanity are a new one for me.
well, it requires grooming to look nice, usually
But isn’t shaving the same thing? Not that it matters really. We all have our vanities.
You did good.
💕🙏🏻 Nicole 🙏🏻💕
looks like my legs.. I would look like Santa as a man.. ha😝
🤎 🤣 Cindy 🤣 🤎
Smooth or with just the slight hint of a suggestion is how I like it.
An American Sentence by The Sicilian Storyteller
🤍 👏🏻 Nancy 👏🏻 🤍
Haven’t had a beard for a while.. too many grays now. ZZ Top is another level though. 😂
💚🙏🏻 Nigel 🙏🏻💚 ~ totally
This looks pretty smooth
Have a sabbath
Peace and Goodwill
I’m not receiving any emails, no more
Google is gatvol
I must buy storage space
The cyberspace is not altogether happy for me
And my biggest challenge
My phone won’t work less it remains on charge.
But hey I won’t complain
This too shall pass.
Oy vey! Sounds like you need a new phone, friend!
Is it your b-day?
The biggest right now is sending and receiving emails
I can’t seem to solve the problem even though I’ve followed all the steps
❤️ 😓 Abi 😓 ❤️ ~ major bummer
Those ZZ Top guys have a different opinion 😂I do not think they trim at all. I used to keep mine short, but in this hot weather it is so much more comfortable to just shave it all off.
💝🙏🏻 Tanmay 🙏🏻💝 ~ that’s true, but it took me a while to grow it out to my satisfaction, so I don’t want to shave mine off