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Upon Shaving Off One's Beard

John Updike

The scissors cut the long-grown hair;
The razor scrapes the remnant fuzz,
small-jawed, weak-chinned, big-eyed, I stare
At the forgotten boy I was.

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"Upon Shaving Off One's Beard" from Collected Poems 1953-1993 by John Updike. Copyright © 1994. Reprinted with permission of Alfred A. Knopf.


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