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Sure, you might be all crystal goblets, all ruby sunsets

and soft violins. You might be high rise and Bugatti

and caviar. But baby, you haven’t made it

 

anywhere that the lice can’t find you. It’s not

about your hygiene, honey, it’s about your hair follicles.

Can’t drown ’em in your infinity pool. Can’t

 

smother them with your fine spa mud.

They’ve evolved to find you, to suck your blood,

to romp on your scalp, to lay their nearly invisible eggs

 

and glue them to strands of your hair.

You’d like to pretend they aren’t there. But

they are. It’s the age-old story of lice and men.

 

Says right here in Scientific American

that “Sucking lice have been sucking primate blood

for at least 25 million years.” Doesn’t seem too likely

 

they’ll stop their thirsting habits for you.

No pair of lice lost on account of your bling.

They won’t be dissuaded by your Gucci belt nor deterred

 

by your Chanel. They’re the great human equalizers,

these lousy little beasts. They care nothing for race.

For gender. For creed. They see us all the same—

 

as fine warm hosts. Perhaps they’ve something

to teach us right now, now when we need

the lesson most. Darling, are you itching yet?

 

 

 

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