Freckles Shmeckles

I’ve had freckles all of my life.

Tiny dots on my nose,

considered cute

when I was young.

They spread across my face

over the years.

Each freckle growing bigger

and slightly darker

until the spaces in between

were the minority.

Then -

they had the nerve to start

multiplying on the rest of my body.

Soon, my arms and legs were speckled

with freckles.

My first, ‘serious freckle’ aka ‘age spot’

appeared on my right hand

near the knuckle of my index finger.


The random red splotches were next and then

the horror of all horrors


Soon, my skin looked very unfamiliar

and I thought to myself,

“Well, at least they’re unique.”

Does that still qualify as cute?