Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Berenice's Hair

BERENICE'S HAIR, n. A constellation (Coma Berenices) named in honor of one who sacrificed her hair to save her husband.
Her locks an ancient lady gave
Her loving husband's life to save;
And men — they honored so the dame —
Upon some stars bestowed her name.

But to our modern married fair,
Who'd give their lords to save their hair,
No stellar recognition's given.
There are not stars enough in heaven.
—G.J.
2010 Update: A purloined wig for the goddess of beauty.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

a lie told
to protect
that which was
stole

fun how a
little lie
takes on
a life of
own

peace...

Logophile said...

I know some kids who shaved their heads last year in solidarity with a friend who lost hers to chemo.
If only it were that easy to save someone.

Mo'a said...

I can tell that Anonymous...knows one of the Icelandic Sagas. That Husband was not so lucky to have a wife like Berenice. "Vengeance thy name is Woman"

Thom said...

BERENICE'S HAIR, n - Prelude to them burning their bras?

the amoeba said...

"Look, dude! Up in the sky! It's a bird!"

"It's a plane!"

"It's ... a hank of hair?"

"Eww, dude."

"What's the eww for?"

"Let me put it to you this way, dude. We get a freak snowstorm anytime soon, we'll know where it came from. And what it's made of."

"Ewww ..."

Jim said...

Thanks, Doug. If I was smart enough to find that constellation I would go out and look for it tonight!
..

Jim said...

I missed your friendly critique of our yesterday's comments. Hope you are okay?
..

quilly said...

Dan, did you get my drif......

TLP said...

WTF??? I know I left a comment earlier! hrmpf.

Giving up hair is no big deal. It grows back. er...well, for most of us anyway. Niks excluded.

cooper said...

I have nothing but I have learned something. That;s why I come here after all.

Ariel the Thief said...

I agree with TLP. Plus, sacrificing teeth or boobs would have made the saved husband to look for another wife as soon as he's back. It is not easy to save men...

Doug said...

It's true, Bear. The truth can get you into heaven while I lie gets you the stars.

That was good of them, Logo.

Mo'a, Anonymous is one of your countryfolk in two countries.

Thom, I can kind of see how you got there.

Amoeba, I second the ewww.

Sorry about yesterday, Jim. I woke up in a hotel next to a feedlot in Hanford, CA. I'm not sure whether or not that counts as "ok."

Quilly, I did. Let's just come right out with it, Amoeba was talking about stellar dandruff.

I'm excluded too, TLP, more and more.

Cooper, you were so smart before you started learning over here and at Georgetown. I almost regret my part.

Hahaha, Ariel!