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Oh no

“The plastic is filling the sea,” we said,
“A million more tonnes before tea,” we said,
“Oh no,” she said,
“OH NO!” she said,
“But how would I look with a FRINGE?”* she said, 
“Would I bang with bangs?**
Would I look the part?
Would it make me look squinty and break my heart?
How would I look with a fringe?”

“The haters are taking control,” we said,
“And the world has a bruise for a soul,” we said,
“Oh no,” she said,
“OH NO!” she said,
“But shall I go two-tone or THREE?” she said,
“See, an awful lot hangs
on the stripes on my head 
I could look like a badger in honey and red!”
Shall I go two-tone or three?”

“The wealthy grow fat on the poor,” we said,
“While the desert knock-knocks on the door,” we said,
“Oh no,” she said
“OH NO!” she said,
But have I the face for a CROP? she said,
“Would I look like a boy? 
Would I look like a fool?
Ugly as hell or androgynous-cool?”
Have I the face for a crop?”

“A fringe will not suit!”
“OH NO!” she said,
“Monotone’s cute!”
“OH NO!” she said,
“A crop is off-trend!”
“OH NO!” she said
“The world’s gonna end!”
“Sorry, what?” she said.



26 June 2019
*British for bangs
**American for fringe

Copyright © Nina Parmenter

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