I've consistently had a beard since the summer after my Junior year of High School.
I've been clean-shaven twice since then, both times
over a year ago.
My girlfriend would have been furious, but she's gone now so
Why not? I hear they grow back.
(Thanks to Simon for the before-and-after shots)
Also, I look quite a bit older than I am when I have a beard.
That was the coolest of cool when I was a High School Senior,
But maybe it's time to just look my age for a change.
19, I like you just fine.
I'm trying to be a more honest, open, sincere,
trustworthy, responsible person,
So maybe this is symbolic of that in some stupid way.
I want you to see my face.
Also, I get attached to things easily. I'm cautious and I resist change.
It'd be nice to be different, but sometimes all you can do is accept
That you'll probably never cut your hair short on a whim,
Or move out of your memory-filled,
month-to-month apartment just for fun,
Or kiss someone and say it's just a fling,
It's not serious or meaningful;
In the absence of that, you rejoice in little victories,
You write a new song on a new instrument
That adds depth and texture to the thickly-stained body of memories
In your apartment
And you shave your beard all the way off.