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On Learning We're More Likely to Fall in Love with One Whose Nose Width Reminds Us of Our Own
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Scott Owens


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If you asked me how wide my nose is
I couldn’t tell you. If you asked me
whether it is wider or more narrow
than this person’s or that one’s,
unless the compareil possessed
a schnozz of significant girth
or noteworthy diminution,
I wouldn’t be able to say.
I know your nose is not the same as mine,
but I like it that way. I know your skin
is fairer, your chin more rigid and defined.
I know your eyes have more luster and life.
Nothing I see in you reminds me of me,
but rather of how I’d like to be.
by Scott Owens.
Used with the author’s permission.
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Scott Owens lives Hickory, NC, with his wife and three children. Widely published and the recipient of numerous awards, he is the founder of Poetry Hickory, editor of Wild Goose Poetry Review and 234, and vice president of the Poetry Council of NC. The first in his family to graduate from high school, Scott credits poetry with turning his life around. Learn more about him here.

 

 


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marenomitchell:
Love it, Scott. Thanks!
Posted 02/08/2013 12:25 PM
rtaylor947@aol.com:
Well said, Scott!
Posted 02/08/2013 08:35 AM
mimi:
sweet!
Posted 02/08/2013 07:18 AM
erinsnana:
A sweet and sincere expression of love. I love it!
Posted 02/08/2013 07:08 AM
paula:
Ending line that opens the poem to much more than physical appearance. Wonderful!
Posted 02/08/2013 05:45 AM
Dorcas:
Is this akin to the grass being greener on the other side of the street? Perhaps we had better work with what we have. A great likeness of our latent way of thinking.
Posted 02/08/2013 05:27 AM


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