Family Ritual

On her seventeenth birthday

she went, as she did last year

and the year before, 

to her hairdresser and  said

she wanted red.

“Red? Again?” I said.

“It’s a family thing,” she sighed and said.

“On my birthday I go red

and every year

 you shake your head.”

                                                                                                                      JDG

One comment on “Family Ritual

  1. agarrabrant says:

    Could be worse! She could have said,
    “This year I think that I’ll go ‘grass’
    so instead of your head, you’ll shake your…”

    Like

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