On my 21st birthday
I pulled a single silver strand from my head
and saw my future life flash before my eyes.
I saw myself through the mirror
waiting by the phone for my grandkids to call
pulling the final white strand from my bald head.
Trying to remember the day I pulled my first.
Mike Maple is a 4th-year Communication, Culture, and Media undergrad at Michigan Technological University. In his spare time, he participates in the local music scene and writes songs for the band We Should Be Laughing.