I miss my eyebrows a lot. Even more than I miss the hair on my head! They managed to hold on throughout my first lot of chemo, but disappeared pretty quickly with the weekly infusions of Taxol I’m having at the moment. From what I can gather talking to other cancer patients, eyebrows take a while to come back after treatment finishes too, so I guess they’ll be MIA for a long while yet. My eyelashes are abandoning ship too, which has left my eyes feeling pretty dry and looking rather raw! It’s certainly a challenge to look at my reflection in the mirror now and feel comfortable in my skin; a true test of my humility, I guess!
So, here’s a little selfie session for you all. I will continue to try and embrace this version of myself boldly and bravely…and perhaps make you all feel a bit better about yourselves! Don’t you dare declare a ‘bad hair day’ or curse your unruly locks within my earshot though! I may come after you with a bloodshot death stare…
AN ODE TO EYEBROWS
You divinely clustered tresses,
Forgive my past transgressions
With pointed tweezers and molten wax;
For every time I uprooted you so harshly.
Look beyond all my churlish cursing!
You were never too sparse, never too unruly.
You were beautiful!
You sleek, sweeping curves,
Forget about the times I queried your essentiality!
It is clear to see,
Of facial hairs, you reign supreme!
No beard, moustache or eyelash can compete
With your power to frame, to flatter
An otherwise pallid face.
I feel so bare,
I look so oddly undressed,
You graceful arches of expression,
Without your delicate form,
I cannot truly convey
My feelings to the world!
You are the adjunct to my speech:
A slow lift for bewilderment,
A deep furrow for rage,
A soft angle for scepticism,
Subtle expressions of my unsaid thoughts.
You delicate contours of thought,
I would give anything to have you
Festoon the bony ridge
Atop my eyes once more.
You’ve left me alone,
Exposed to gawps and stares.
There is no way to belie my illness,
Or feign my way to health
Now that you have jumped ship!
My bushy beauties!
Here are a few wacky looking shots of celebs without eyebrows to make you giggle: