A Word Or Two

imagesMy pal Ally Bean thespectacledbean.com in one of her comments, used the word wizened, and it’s been circling my senses every since.

It’s an adjective of German descent meaning…shriveled or wrinkled with age, a state I can certainly relate to…

Atrophied, slack, saggy and lax.  Faded, parched, puckered and just in need of a really good press.

Add lined, creased, crinkled and gnarled…withered, weather-beaten, scrunched and limp and I don’t know about you, but a shrunken head comes to mind, or fruit left in the fridge too long.

I’ve been starring at my crow’s feet ever since wizened came into play.  I had been rather snide over the way writer Sam Shepard aged voicing it in an essay (https://athingirl.com/2015/06/10/hi-i-used-to-be-sam-shepard).  Ally said, she kinda liked how he looked…even if he was a little wizened.

Well, floating at the speed of light through my sixth decade, I’m a bit wizened myself, so move over there Sam.

I’m cinched in the cheeks, grizzled around the mouth.  My skin, though for my age pretty taut, could still use a little dew, steam, flush and an overall good spritz of something wet and wild.

Any suggestions?

Reminds me of a favorite greeting card of mine.  A very skinny woman is on the front with hardly any hair and hoop earrings you can jump though… It reads…

On your birthday, I’ve got one word for ya honey…


Words, you never know where they’ll take you.





About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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27 Responses to A Word Or Two

  1. micklively says:

    Good word. c/w flaccid and turgid – old favourites of mine.
    Wrinkles can be very attractive.


  2. Lynn says:

    I must admit there are times I look at my skin lately & thing, “holy shit, it looks like my grandmother’s skin!” I will however, take wrinkled or wizened any day over botox filled skin attempts to turn back the clock. Age with a bit of grace is my motto!


  3. People would love to age as lovely as you do! I’m not complaining myself. I’ll never look better than I do now so I’m enjoying it — wizened or not!

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  4. Ally Bean says:

    Thanks for the link to my blog. Gotta love all those old-timey words that conjure up images of characters long gone. Made me laugh, “moisturize” indeed.


  5. Patricia says:

    Words are wonderful. Never know where they will take us or how they will affect us, writer and reader. I don’t think of myself as wizened…more like fine wine better with a few years addd.


  6. Patricia says:

    I don’t think of myself as wizened…more like fine wine better with a few years of life.


  7. skinnyuz2b says:

    For me, ‘wizened’ conjures up those shriveled faces carved from apples. My two sisters (9 &15 1/2 years younger) love telling me that I’ll be 90 and all hot looking from the back. But when someone circles to the front I’ll scare them with my apple face. Now they can say wizened apple face. And moisturizer can only do so much, ha ha.


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