profileI’m not much of a poet it, though I do enjoy it. When I do pen a poem it’s almost always humorous (hopefully), somehow irreverent and structured. Poetry really does reflect our inner selves.

This is another poetical pondering to celebrate poetry month.

If I Had a Beard 

Beards are wasted on men, I say,

though it’s just my opinion, I know.

If I could sprout hair from my bottom lip

what a fantastical thing I would grow!

I would dye it and twist it and bedeck it in beads—

string tinsel and seashells throughout.

I could spike it when angry into stiff lightening bolts

and how it would enhance my pout.

Yes, beards are wasted on men, I say,

when they just hang them plain or shaved clean.

A beard adorned lady would be such a sight—

an intricately facial haired queen.

By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Ryukyuan-American, award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years in newspapers. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year, she shares Authortunities, a free weekly calendar of author opportunities at

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