Poem a Day 2013 #2: The Last Haircut

This poem definitely owes a debt to the late, great Dennis O’Driscoll, who sadly passed away on Boxing Day 2012. A cautionary tale about the distractions of modern life.

The Last Haircut

It was his last haircut,

though he didn’t know it.

Asked for it nice and short.

He needn’t have bothered.


Paid with the last fifty dollar bill

he’d pull out of his wallet.

Told the barber he’d see him in six weeks.

He wouldn’t.


Brushed the hair clippings off the lapels

of a  jacket which would soon go to an op shop.

Wiped away the last drop of moisture

his nose would produce,

with the last handkerchief

to ever come out of his pocket.


Straightened the tie

which would not go back onto his tie rack.

Stepped out of the shop,

his shoes emitting their final squeak.


Slid a  last carnal thought across his brain

about the last young woman’s backside

he would set eyes upon.


Checked a smart phone message

about a meeting for which he would be unavailable.

Stepped  into the road

without looking left and right.


Not for the first time.



Copyright Mike Hopkins 2013

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9 thoughts on “Poem a Day 2013 #2: The Last Haircut

  1. I like this, Mike. I like this a lot. I’d stopped reading poems for a while but this one has brought me back. Reminds me of Roger McGough’s poem about the bus driver — you know the one I mean?

    • Thanks John. That’s two of you have mentioned that poem, but I don’t know it. Will google it immediately. I definitely had Dennis O’Driscoll’s “Someone” in my brain.

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