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A Parting

it will be good to see Maltese Tony

my long-standing barber of choice

in his salon reeking of peppermint,

a sharp scissors and guttural voice


a noted martyr to his ageing bowels

herbal remedies kept them in check

but Tony's flatulence accompanied

every snip at the hairs of your neck


bravo that regular peppermint peep

sweet breath on your greying locks

the therapeutic balm of a hair-cut

for modern life's incessant knocks


has Tony seen his last haircut?

it's not the bowels but his chest,

the peppermint salon history, will

his bowels find permanent rest?


they gave him a room of his own

after burly matron dropped a hint

not every patient likes the aroma

of second-hand oil of peppermint


I just heard Tony's in intensive care

fingers still, they say he might die

it will be a sad parting, for COVID

just trimmed Tony's hair supply






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John Coopey

Thu 18th Mar 2021 16:45

Nice work, Simon. You paint a cracking picture of Tony.

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M.C. Newberry

Thu 18th Mar 2021 15:19

A sad but involving tale - "hair today and gone tomorrow"?
Tony is captured so well - an amalgam of all those barbers of another day with their big leather chairs that could be pumped up and
down with a foot pedal and were the inviting rest places for many a
male backside.

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