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  • Writer's pictureAlice Wyatt

Chapstick, To Use or Not To Use

Updated: Nov 17, 2021

Chapstick Vow


is the biggest scam

in the whole world!

Your lips are perfect.

Why do you use that stuff?

he says it

with so much sincerity

my desire to please

is such that

I decide to try

a - GASP

chapstick free life

Now I am fiercely committed

to this new

anti-chapstick vow

loyalty to it

is all

I have left of him

He has disappeared

from my phone

from my computer

from my mailbox


not from my heart

oh no

not from my heart

Dry lips mean I think of him

hear his voice

recall his words

feel his touch


how passionate he was

about everything

oh Lord… about everything

Eventually - I come to my senses

So today

I cry one last time

then dig around and

find a forgotten

tube of chapstick

rolling around

in the bottom of my purse

With great ceremony

I pop off the top

twist up the soft dome

smooth coconut and pear

over my dry, cracked lips

first the top

then the bottom

smack them together

purse my now soft

shiny lips in the mirror

ah, that is so much better

Silly me

what does a man know

about chapstick anyway?

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Nov 09, 2021

Hah! I'm glad you came to your senses! I never leave home without it. Well, in Wisconsin that is. :)

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