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by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
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... (But she looks so normal!) ....

Image (c) 2008, Karla Dorman

Hair:  a lady's crowning glory,
belonging on the head, not in
the hand, strands yanked in a
moment of boredom.  Don't
realize I'm doing it:  touching,
patting, pulling, pulling, pulling
until the pain shocks me into

awareness:  what the --?  Why
do I do this?  Doesn't happen
all the time; just sometimes.
Cut my hair short to resist
temptation:  doesn't always
work.  The bald spots are an
embarrassment.  What was

thought to be pyschological
may be medical, instead, kind
of like Tourette's:  the inability
to keep hands off.  (But she
looks so normal!)  Feel ugly --
want to hide in shame.  Want
to stop it but don't know how ...

(c) 2008, Karla Dorman (12/30)

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Reviewed by Sheila Roy 1/7/2009
I have a habit of biting my nails. One is terribly disgusting - ripped down the middle. I've had long nails only twice in my life: for my wedding and once years after it. I remember my grandfather saying that a lady should have nails. The first time I grew them was in his honor. It's one of the things I hope to correct this year. Keep the faith! Love and Hugs,
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 1/2/2009
Your hair looks, full, thick, healty, and attractive. When I was a little girl and wore my hair long, I had a habit of twisting a strand continually on my finger and sometimes running it across my lips. "I think" it was related to "thinking" since it occurred mostly when I sat in a classroom. I lost the habit somewhere along the way.
Reviewed by Jon Willey 12/31/2008
if habits were easy to break, no one would have any -- have you tried, no, no -- well have you tried, no, no -- I have so many nasty little habits I can't help myself break -- so I certainly cannot offer much help to anyone else -- only encouragement -- Happy New Year Karla -- may peace and love be always with you -- JMW
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 12/31/2008

'Hair' today . . . wonderful write . . . and you do look great!!

LOve and Hugs,

Reviewed by Rose Rideout 12/31/2008
You look fine dear Karla and we all have some kind of nervousreaction to pain and discomfort. I have turned to sitting back with my eyes closed and take deep slow breaths when in pain. Hey it works for me. Thank you for sharing. Happy New Year Karla.

Newfie Hugs are on the way, Rose
Reviewed by Michael Guy 12/31/2008
Boost your Vitamin E & Biotin might help; as for the compulsive behavior - can't say. We all have some of those nervous behaviors. Going to check out your video on U-tube soon! Miss your clouds...
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 12/31/2008
Lovely poem. Creative
Reviewed by kg cummings 12/31/2008
I thought I would have stopped biting my fingernails how that I'm very near to 60... they look good most of the time, but let stress or boredom set in and it's fingers to the mouth... habits are habits, not what we want, but hey when did you last knock off a convenience store for something to do? See... you are fine! Great poem too, to help me get to know you! Your friend, Kathy
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 12/31/2008
I hate to agree with my brothers, but a Buzz Cut would surely solve the problem!
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 12/31/2008
The Marines have a solution for your problem, have you seen a goldylocks Marine anywhere? no way Josť!


Reviewed by William Bonilla 12/30/2008
One suggestion get a high and
close crop on the side almost a crew cut on top
can't pull too much than
Love & peace be with you
Wishing you A Happy New Year

Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 12/30/2008
You know, my oldest daughter, when she was very little used to suck her thumb and with the other thumb, stuck it in her hair and twirled her hair around it and then pulled. She did grow up and stopped sucking her thumb, but the habit of twirling her hair around the other thumb, well, that continues. Just the way things are sometimes, but certainly not something to be ashamed of. We all have habits....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 12/30/2008
Karla you are a beautiful woman both inside and out, dont ever forget that you are a beautiful woman created by a loving Father
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Felix Perry 12/30/2008
I think sometimes we need distractions even if they are subliminal when we are concentrating too hard.

Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 12/30/2008

What a clever question that's been plaguing women (and men) for years!
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 12/30/2008

I see the ramifications of trichotillomania in heartbreaking, compelling lines. Took courage to pen this; very well done! BRAVA!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your twin, Karen Lynn. :(
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 12/30/2008
Get a buzz cut, no hair, no problem...;-) e
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 12/30/2008
Hang in there. You'll beat this and don't be ashamed. We all have quirks we'd rather not have. Liz
Reviewed by Miller Caldwell 12/30/2008

I guess you know why I am first to reply.
I am bald.
Well a few hairs round the temple and others which are out of sight.
But why is there an obsession in the USA to cover the head and fear baldness in man or woman? Or for that matter accept a face with scars? I'm not a great fan of Gordon Ramsey the chef but he was hounded out o0f LA for his scar face. Get to know the personality. Looks do ot matter as much as we thinkl they do in this celebity culture.
So my baldness shows I am a REAL MAN!
From Liberace to Dr Spock...we all saw the join!
So am I really that ugly?
Well if so,then I hope you don't mind me appreciating your thoughts on AuthorsDen.
Lots of cuddly love
(Yes it's possible without the hedd hair!
Reviewed by Juliet Waldron 12/30/2008
I thought I was the only one in the world who did this! Especially when I'm concentrating--especially when writing--anxiety driven possibly. Got a place right up front where there's a little short stubbled patch.

You're just God's lightning rod, you know--all that "wired" sensitivity leads to these gorgeous poems--
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