Still life with hair everywhere

Still life with hair everywhere

I walk into the beauty salon
and take a poorly upholstered seat,
its brilliant leather blinding me
as if I saw Sigmar Polke’s dots before
sitting down in Matisse’s Red Room,
my green shirt a complementary
color waiting to explode my cones
and grease lightening under this
ill-received derriere.
Even the rug between the front desk
and window glass has Henri’s emblazoned arabesques,
a parading pallet of Tie-dyed follicles and footprints,
static electricity under stress,
someone else’s hair dress mess amiss.
Standing up, I walk over to the doo-stylist
and plaster my keister on Rodin’s
child-sized Thinker commode,
a crimson tapestry hypnotically
pulled by wrists with hula-hoop bracelets
under my chin, over my lap, the wool
that dropped the bull’s head before
the matador’s shave with death.
A trill metallic grinding tickles my skin,
snapping keratin to attention for
monthly decapitation.
Thick, dark filaments float from scalp top
onto the bridge of my nose, where one wiggle
relinquishes hair to air to red apron below.
My synapses suddenly strike a contrasting
musical lyrical of the Rolling Stones painting it black,
goodbye Ruby Tuesday, who could hang a wig on you.
But I digress.
Behind my shoulder, the stylist is saying something
about trimmer settings, β€œRemember, it’s 2, 3, 6,
2 behind, 3 on the sides and 6 on top.”
If my wife wasn’t there in the chair next to me,
I’d think this woman was laying the ground rules
for an indecent propositioning.
When I arise from the chair, I pay the lady
and tip $3 extra for her troubles.
Thank God she’s not clairvoyant.
Back inside the Subaru, sunshine blushes
white skin above the tan line of my face’s behind,
neck unburdened, brain dead, stuck in rush hour traffic.

About tyler4turtles

I am an avid photographer, poet, ecologist, bookworm, blogger, art enthusiast and runner who calls Montana home but lives in Oregon.
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15 Responses to Still life with hair everywhere

  1. Gallivanta says:

    Such ‘drama’ at the hairdresser; who would have thought?

    • My mind is so hypersensitive and always on the lookout for stories and moments to share in a colorful way. This was one of those times. And all I did was get a haircut! Never a dull blade in the barbershop quartet playing upstairs in my head. Hope you are having a relaxing weekend πŸ™‚

      • Gallivanta says:

        This is making me laugh. And I am also wondering how your poem might apply to the banking crisis in Cyprus where for some reason the analogy of a haircut was used.

  2. bgbowers says:

    A vibrant painting and such striking images – loved it!

    • Thank you, B.G.! I appreciate you following my blog and taking the time to comment. I am humbled by your kind words. If you like art, poetry, nature and science all stuck in one blender, soft served daily for your palate’s pleasure, then you’ve come to the right place! I look forward to following your blog as well. Hope you are having a relaxing weekend πŸ™‚

      • bgbowers says:

        Thanks, Tyler. I do indeed love all of those things – I look forward to your posts. Have an incredible weekend πŸ™‚
        Bianca x

  3. Reblogged this on The ancient eavesdropper and commented:

    Yes, all this in one trip to the beauty salon. There’s no silencing the barbershop quartet playing 24-7 in my head…

  4. I dread going to the barber sometimes, even though I found the perfect place that cuts my hair how I like. It is so awkward because I let two barbers at the same place cut my hair. So I always feel uncomfortable cause the one I didn’t chose is working the chair right next to me. Love the post and the picture πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! I used to go to a barber shop, but now go to a hair salon. Still prefer barber shops over salons. I’m into keeping it simple with my hair style and salons tend to overdo the doo sometimes. I just moved to a new town, so I’m searching for that perfect cut still. Nothing worse than re-teaching someone how you like your hair cut. Hope you have a good weekend and I appreciate you sharing your story.
      Tyler πŸ™‚

  5. kiwiskan says:

    Great combination of words and picture

  6. Tyler this was so much fun to read, have an awesome weekend!

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