I’ve Been Looking Into Hats
and I Don’t Like What I See
by Rick Lupert

Thinning hair and I’m
walking around like
I’m already bald.

Will I be loved with shiny head?
Adored as if superior intellect pushed
the follicles out to make room?

Will I turn to cures?
Migrate hair from elsewhere?
Propecia? Spray Paint?

Explain it away with witty repartee?
I’m so rich, I can afford to
send parts of me on vacation

No, no, I shaved it this way
on purpose.
Don’t you like it?

It’s against my religion…
haven’t you read
the Torah?

But all this is for
tomorrow or, God willing,
next week.

Today I will spend
my dollars on gels
and brushes and products

which will someday
end up in a museum
of me

a solemn memorial to
hair gone-by which people
will visit

and sign the guest book
Those Were The Days.
Today I will pretend that hours

in front of the mirror
is time well spent.
Today is the day.

This is the head.
From a distance
no one suspects a thing.

PHOTO: Rick Lupert in 9th grade (1983) thinking he’s so clever, and long before he knew one should be concerned about their hair.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: This poem was written years ago when I used to spend a lot more time in front of the mirror worrying about my hair, at the very beginning of noticing that not all of it was still present.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rick Lupert has been involved with L.A. poetry since 1990. He is the recipient of the 2014 Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center Distinguished Service Award and was a co-director of the Valley Contemporary Poets for two years. He created the Poetry Super Highway and hosted the weekly Cobalt Cafe reading for almost 21 years. He’s authored 17 collections of poetry, including Making Love to the 50 Foot Woman (Rothco Press, May 2015), The Gettysburg Undress, and Nothing in New England is New, and edited the anthologies Ekphrastia Gone WildA Poet’s Haggadah, and the noir anthology The Night Goes on All Night. He also writes and draws (with Brendan Constantine) the daily web comic Cat and Banana. He is regularly featured at venues throughout Southern California. Visit him on facebook.