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  Ode to my Barber, the “Barbarous” Jackie Barbarella.
by Peter J. Oszmann
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Rated "G" by the Author.

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(or “A witty Little Ditty for Pretty Little Jackie”)

(Could also be called a September Song)



You asked for a poem

And a poem is fine

When it sings of love

Oh, Jackie of mine.


Mine, that is to say,

For snipping my hair;

Life to an Oldie

Is pretty unfair.


Whilst your “Little Detective”

Fondly detects

Delights of your body

Without defects,


All I can do when

You flit through my hair,

Mutter to myself:

“Life’s bloody unfair!”


So this little poem

Will not sing of love

That flies to the heart

Like white turtle-dove,


With melodies sung,

Never yet heard;

For love – my dear Jackie –

Is a four letter word.


When sighed between sheets,

Or sung in love-song,

That four letter word

Really sounds wrong.


So, if this wasn’t a poem

And wasn’t from me

A message of love

It truly could be,


Direct to the Soul

And not for the ear:

“Be happy and loved

Jackie my Dear.”                        


© P. J. Oszmann (September 1988)

© Illustration created in Photoshop (2008)




Jackie – a “drop dead gorgeous” young woman - was a visiting hairdresser, who came regularly to attend to my wife’s hair and – whilst with us - she also cut mine.

She was a true romantic; head firmly in the clouds. One day whilst cutting my hair she sighed, saying how she always wished and dreamt about someone writing a love poem to her. I could not resist, I offered. She – on the other hand and despite my gallant effort – could resist and never did…

The “Little Detective” referred to in the third stanza was a young CID officer in the Metropolitan Police, who was Jackie’s sweetheart. I believe they eventually married, after which Jackie gave up hairdressing and I – finally - gave up offering to write “love poems” to younger women.

I found the original recently amongst my junk.

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Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 11/29/2009
An amusing poem to read.I enjoy it,take care
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 11/28/2009
A sweetly delightful write, Peter. I can relate. I have written and continue to write more than an occasional poem about such as your Jackie. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 11/28/2009
Don't know why you gave up writing love poems to younger women, unless it was because you were married, honoring your wedding vows - I would have loved to be the recipient of one of them. =] Precious, my dear Peter. Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

Books by
Peter J. Oszmann

Jew Be or Not Jew Be; The Story of a Perpetual Alien

  1. Life and a Love
  2. courage
  3. Water Baby
  4. I'm So Happy
  5. in honor of
  6. Contemplation
  7. Blue Morpho
  8. I Wish I Could Tell You...
  9. Australian storm
  10. Repairing the Damage
  11. For Emily
  12. Poem: You Made Me Rot
  13. Free Spirit
  14. Learning Experence
  15. Same Old Same Old
  16. Springtime Breeze
  17. Morning Thoughts
  18. My Scars
  19. Well Actually
  20. His Queen

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