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Ode to Leg Hair

Rachel Mayfield


I haven’t shaved my legs

in over a year,

and it’s been the best year

of my life.

no more rusty razors

no more rinsing the hair out of the tub

no prickly legs

or ingrown hairs

no more wasting water, soap,

razors, or time.

no slave to the shave

or to other people’s


I ride my bike home

wearing shorts

and feel the air

breeze past my hairs—

and it makes me happy.

I don’t need Venus

to feel like a goddess.