You look too young to be…

I look younger than my age

Why would you think that would be a cause for rage

Ageism is so deeply ingrained

Looking old should be a cause for pain

So why am I disturbed when I am called

Young like a teenager, why am I appalled

At being told to be a doctor I look too young

Why do I want to scream at the top of my lungs

Whether this is condescension or genuine surprise

I an assumed inexperienced in the patient’s eyes…


Yet another battle I have to fight

Race, gender and now age-there is no respite

Some folks think they are paying a compliment

When on my looking younger they comment..

There are plenty of others who tell me

To take these compliments now, before I lose youthful energy


We all like youth, but want experience

Can we be done with age-related pretense?

Published by iheart11

A 30-something year old woman, physician by profession, fiercely passionate about work, family, travel and fashion..

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