New Ego

Ego was once a novel concept
Long before the selfie
Self-conscious meant something else entirely


Marry a Barber

Slowly polite upon my arrival
She asks for preferences
Smiling nervously
Aiming to please

Scissors flit closely
No fears arise
Open upward beneath cloth
Palms and fingertips relax

Pushes my ear
Shifts my neck
Speaks through gesture
Eyes closed

Light breeze
Intermittent goose bumps
Yes a bit shorter please
Background playlist must have ended

Hair wash
Dim room
Did I say every six weeks?
I meant three