The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

If not for Combs

If not for combs, what would become of hair?
There will be those who answer, “We don’t care!”

They’ll say, “We like our hair uncombed and wild.
We let it stand or fall or intertwine—
Whatever—just so long as it’s unstyled.
What plant outshines a free, untrellised vine?”

Well, yes, I see their point, but I’ve long known
My hair’s not at its best when on its own.

About the Writer

Charles Hughes

Charles has published two books of poems for adults, The Evening Sky (2020) and Cave Art (2014), both from Wiseblood Books. He used to work as a lawyer but now works at writing poems.