How To Be Forever Young

Nutella Facial


“There ain’t no answer.
There ain’t gonna be any answer.
There never has been an answer.
There’s your answer.”
― Gertrude Stein


Does age matter?

Of course, age matters,

because the age of an artifact is a matter of fact of matter.


With age there sometimes comes value,

an antique is prized,

as long as that antique is a thing

we can buy and sell,

and accrue profit from doing so,

benefit from its older age.


Things rust,


grow old,

change with time from the moment they are born,


made manifest.


Humans don’t like aging,

or at least certain aspects of aging,

what it does to our physical shells.


With age comes wisdom,

we like that part of aging,

even if it is not always true,

and is but an age old concept which hasn’t grown old.


When we’re older than those who are younger,

we can throw the weight of our age around,

as those older than us have done with us,

and still do with us.


Even when you’re an adult,

and an old adult,

those older than you can make you feel,

young at heart and of body,

not always to your advantage.


But that’s not the sort of elixir of youth,

after which we chase,

and which businesses use to sell us products,

which promise us eternal youthfulness,

of face,


and such.


I decided to give myself a Nutella facial,

for this Objectivity challenge.

Nutella was spread liberally,

and perhaps sinfully,


or waist-full-y,

all over my face.


I don’t think I’ll ever sugarcoat myself in that way again…

it was fun but also rather traumatically bizarre.


If I could ban a word from usage,

I would worry about having that kind of power,


I might try to gently remove,

that wrinkle known as,

the fear of aging,

from the human lexicon of life.


“Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense. They listen so much that they forget to be natural.”
― Gertrude Stein





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