Ode to a Redheaded Trickster


It was starting to get rather tiresome
My father’s oft vocal praise
Of women donning crimson hair
While Mother’s was brown streaked with greys

Strawberry blond, or auburn
Even bright carrot top red
“She’s sure a beauty,” he’d say of them
With lauds for my Mom left unsaid

Mom sought assistance from a dear friend
A professional in matters of hair
Mom asked to return to a brunette coif
In a style extraordinaire

This friend, she was a sly one
And she knew of my father’s penchant
“Try red instead,” she said with a wink
“Just for a day.” Mom nodded assent

That evening as Mom fixed our dinner
Her hair like the stove all aflame
Father walked in, he almost fell backwards
“You colored your hair!” he exclaimed

“I did not expect this bright color.”
Mom just smiled and fluffed her red locks
With nary a word she continued her chore
As Father recovered from shock

Mom and her friend had a good laugh
As Mom’s hair was dyed a rich brown
Never again was a word of praise spoken
When a redheaded gal was around

Sometimes I see them hugging each other
In a tender in-love sort of way
He’ll kiss her brown curls and then I am sure
She has silently voiced her own say

NaPoWriMo2019logo Day Fifteen prompt: Our prompt for today (optional, as always), takes its inspiration from the idea of a poem as a sort of tiny play, which can be performed dramatically. In the 1800s, there was quite a fad for monologue-style poems that lend themselves extremely well to dramatic interpretations (this kind of work was basically Robert Browning’s jam). And Shakespeare’s plays are chock-a-block with them. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write your own dramatic monologue. It doesn’t have to be quite as serious as Browning or Shakespeare, of course, but try to create a sort of specific voice or character that can act as the “speaker” of your poem, and that could be acted by someone reciting the poem.

A special thanks goes to my blogging friend at Praying for Eyebrowz who inspired this memory of my parents.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay

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