(Note: I don’t know what made me think of the Dallas-born Topsy Tail this morning, but I did. The first line of a sonnet crept into my head and wouldn’t leave until I did something about it. And, no, I haven’t been getting a lot of sleep. That probably has something to do with it.)
Oh what wondrous piece of molded plastic–
That slender rod with loop on stretched end.
You make long, flat hair somehow fantastic.
Such mod styles and salon ‘dos you transcend.
A braid, a clasp, a comb, a brush, barrette,
Curler, dryer, even puffy schrunchie–
These tools one finds–or maybe might expect–
Placed on or in or near a vanity.
(The furniture or female trait? you ask
Good question, and it’s one for the ages.
Whichever meaning is charged with the task
Of getting follicles primped for stages.)
But best of all the hair-brained schemes for sale
Has been for years that chintzy Topsy Tail.