restricted access Styling My Hair, I Dream of Ben Franklin
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Styling My Hair, I Dream of Ben Franklin

Closest part to the clouds,you suffer in tedious strandsof moments facing the mirror,meticulously shapedto craft that Lego lookof hair boasting suppression.

I flatten you with pomadeand damned if you don'tspring back, as ifsome grinning gnome sitsinside and yanks at the filamentsthat tie me to weekends, to letting go,on the windy hilltop flying kitesin a dark azure sky.

Imagine it: unblessedblowing free, discoveringelectricity. [End Page 89]

Jimmy Long

Since earning a degree in English from Marietta College in 1993, Jimmy Long has pursued a career in the financial services industry. He has recently resumed an active writing life in Charleston, West Virginia, where he works and lives with his family of five. In 2016, Long won first place in poetry for his submission to Mountain Ink Literary Journal.