Tuesday, November 21, 2017

DMC: "Wrinkles" by Judith Valko


Wrinkles lined upon her face
reveal the woman’s life of grace
as crow’s feet radiate from eyes
once filled with laughter
and sighs
forehead laced with worry lines
troubles deep
sorrows fine
thinning lips and shriveled brow
stories told of then and now
a life of lessons gladly learned
all these wrinkles she has earned

© 2017 Judith Valko. All rights reserved.

Click HERE to read this month's interview with Carol Hinz, Editorial Director of Millbrook Press and Carolrhoda Books, divisions of Lerner Publishing Group. Her challenge this month is to write a poem that finds beauty in something that is not usually considered beautiful.

Post your poems on our November 2017 padlet. While some contributions will be featured as daily ditties this month, all contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration this Friday, November 24th. One lucky participant will win a copy of The Sun Played Hide-and-Seek: A Personification Story by Brian P. Cleary, illustrated by Carol Crimmins, and published by Millbrook Press earlier this year.


  1. I love this, Judy. I especially like how you characterize the worry lines — "troubles deep/sorrows fine" — and then how the last line turns it from something suffered to something to be proud of.

  2. Wonderful rhyme and rhythm, just like life!

  3. This is beautiful.. I loved when I noticed my frown lines going away on their own after my divorce. And I love the fine lines that have grown deeper through the years from puckering up to kiss my grandchildren. And laugh lines- those bless my soul! Wrinkles do tell a story. Nicely done!

  4. Judith, this is so perfectly done. Spent time with my 91 yr old Mom this morning who has indeed earned her wrinkles. The convolutions in our brains are from deep learning, but the convolutions in our faces are from deep loving.

  5. Judy: I join the crowd in saying that I like this poem very much, and I agree that we should be proud of our wrinkles. Life lines... no one escapes without them.

  6. A really beautiful poem....there is truth there. Well done.

  7. Beautiful. It's put together so well.

  8. Well said, Judy. My appreciate for your poem is 'written' all over my face. =)