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Actinic Keratosis

By John I. Blair

Actinic keratosis:
Crusty name for a crusty hide,
The scaly spots that skin gets
From years of sun exposure.

What at ten is just a sunburn
In fifty years produces
What docs disturbingly denote
ďA precancerous condition.Ē

So to the dermatologist I go
For stinging freezes, harsh creams,
That make my poor arms look
Like theyíve been scorched with cigarettes.

Iím wearing long-sleeved shirts
In balmy April weather
So I wonít frighten little urchins
(Or my own self) with the sight,

Hoping Iíll be delighted
By the baby-soft results,
New skin, new confidence, new pride
(But manly hair intact).

So pardon if I donít respond
With ardor when Iím visited
By TV ads for tanning beds
Or beach resorts by the seaside.

©2010 John I. Blair


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