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I think your metaphor of facial hair being like dying weeds is unique and interesting. The phrase "though not for lack of trying" is a bit ambiguous -- it could mean that he has tried to shave them off, or if following the metaphor, as if the dying weeds had tried their best to be alive. I think the vagueness of this phrase is cool, but maybe could be a tad bit more clear in its meaning.
Why doesn't this character shave his face, or grow a beard? Is he stressed forgetting to shave? What is he waiting for?
I thought you created a very vivid image in such a short amount of words. I would definitely like to hear more about this character. I also thought you did a good job with your word choice. Thanks for writing!