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In Hot Water
by F William (Bill) Broome

Friday, October 09, 2009
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Reposted in memory of my father.


In Hot Water

The only time he ever fired up the stove
was to boil a small pot of shaving water
Back in days before hot water heaters
he needed it piping hot to wet a stubborn beard
After the water began boiling he moved
to a small mirror over the sink
Wetting his brush of soft straight bristles
He dipped them in a shaving soap bowl
to wiggle them around working up a lather
Applying thick suds over a bearded face
he was pleasured just feeling its luxury
As the lather cooled he reached for his
straight razor a single ultimate cutting blade
Slowly he cut away on ragged sideburns
then moved to hair near lips and nose
Ending the first shave he had trimmed
stubble from chin and scratchy neck
A worn leather strap got a few strokes
from a dull razor needing sharpening
He pourrd warm water on a wash cloth
and wiped soapy bits sticking to the skin
A small towel dries a tired face for more
thick lather colder this time around
He fingered his cheeks to find a few
uncut bristles quickly snipped away
And after cloth and towel he admires
handiwork of a man who knows how
A smoothness past imagining he felt
the skin of a newborn beneath touch
Launching renewed face he reaches
for a bottle of cooling lavender water
Patting it into every pore of open
invigorated skin soon to be admired
A smile said she awaited as he tied
the robe walking to their bedroom
Where she would welcome smooth

2007 F William Broome

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Reviewed by Barbara Terry 11/11/2009
Me too Bill. Thank you formaking me smile today. A wonderfully written tribute to your father Bill. Thank you for sharing.

May the Lord Jesus bless you, and those whom you love, and who love you, and be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & ((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), your little sister, Barbie.
Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow 10/20/2009
And this too makes me smile and reminds me of my own mom and dad... totally charming, my dear friend.

Love, M
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 10/12/2009
YOU KNOW I TOTALLY LOVE THIS ONE!!!!!!!!!!! :))) A darling remembrance of a happy couple and a warm, contented family life. This gives me goose-bumps... must be a bit of stubble left over! xxx
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 10/10/2009
Don't shave off a word! This is great, Bill!! So image rich, and
the ending couldn't be cooler. I mean warmer. A n d smooth.
xOx 'Pea' xOx
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 10/10/2009
A wonderful poignant write, Bill I too remember my dad shaving the same way when I was very young...

Carole~
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 10/10/2009
Lovely work, Bill...you take us there.
Reviewed by Lori Moore 10/9/2009
Very nice. Your talented pen (keyboard) transports the reader to the scene.



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