TK/B/B, Lusty Baudelaire edition. Also, good hair edition.

A Hemisphere in Your Hair
Long, long let me breathe the fragrance of your hair. Let me plunge my face into it like a thirsty man into the water of a spring, and let me wave it like a scented handkerchief to stir memories in the air.

If only you knew all that I see! all that I feel! all that I hear in your hair! My soul voyages on its perfume as other men’s souls on music.

Your hair holds a whole dream of masts and sails; it holds seas whose monsoons waft me toward lovely climes where space is bluer and more profound, where fruits and leaves and human skin perfume the air.

In the ocean of your hair I see a harbor teeming with melancholic songs, with lusty men of every nation, and ships of every shape, whose elegant and intricate structures stand out against the enormous sky, home of eternal heat.

In the caresses of your hair I know again the languors of long hours lying on a couch in a fair ship’s cabin, cradles by the harbor’s imperceptible swell, between pots of flowers and cooling water jars.

On the burning hearth of your hair I breathe in the fragrance of tobacco tinged with opium and sugar; in the night of your hair I see the sheen of the tropic’s blue infinity’ on the shores of your hair I get drunk with the smell of musk and tar and the oil of coconuts.

Long, long, let me bite your black and heavy tresses. When I gnaw your elastic and rebellious hair I seem to be eating memories.

Baudelaire, from Paris Spleen. Brushing before showering does wonders.


2 Responses to “TK/B/B, Lusty Baudelaire edition. Also, good hair edition.”

  1. Amber Says:

    If you do forget and it gets tangled, finger-comb some conditioner through it in the shower.

  2. Paul Gowder Says:

    Yesterday, actually, I’d forgotten. And the consequences? Today, I broke several bristles off from the hairbrush. Not kidding. But now my hair is gloriously Rapunzelian.

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