i’d say this made me
a better person but we would all know it was a lie.
it does nothing to add or take
away (for that matter)
from my personhood-awesomeness
rather it makes me a more approachable
it makes me seem down to earth
(as i’m stuck down in it)
and open’s people’s minds to hear
what i might say
they don’t look at me and my aesthetic
and open up naturally.
my beard ruined that possibility
(though they do giggle sometimes).
this of all things,
brings a personal note they love
opens doors otherwise closed
and lets the air in to filter
out the smoke.