Bed Head

by Kenn Nesbitt
I can’t do a thing with my hairdo.
I’ve tried, but it’s simply no use.
I can’t make it stay where I put it today
with styling gel, hair spray, or mousse.

No bobby pin, brush, or bandanna
can get my hair under control.
I’ve tried every comb, every clip in my home
and covered my head with a bowl.

I’ve tried using forks in frustration.
I’ve tried using pokers and picks.
I’ve tried using straps; I’ve tried headbands and caps.
I’ve even tried shoestrings and sticks.

Regardless of how I attack it,
I simply cannot make it stay.
I guess I can’t win, so I’ll have to give in
and look like my students today.


Text © Kenn Nesbitt, reprinted from Revenge of the Lunch Ladies, published by Meadowbrook Press. Illustration © Mike & Carl Gordon. Any copying or use of this poem or illustration without consent is unlawful.

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