Big Hair

You were religious — we all knew,

One of the few Holy Marys in our circle of friends.

You wore a small gold cross around your neck,

While the rest of us were trying to look like Ian Brown or Kurt Cobain.

You scarpered off to mass in the chapel on campus,

And sported black daubings on your forehead on Ash Wednesday.

That didn’t stop you having pre-marital sex, though,

Or drinking with the rest of us to beat the band.

Now I see your picture on LinkedIn.

Your face has grown fuller and you sport a hairdo worthy of a Business Channel or Fox News female anchor.

I gasp at the big hair and think: “Holy fuck: has middle age got its claws dug as deep into me?”


About ucronin

Born in the country town of Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland in 1975, I now live in Madrid with my partner and two young daughters and work in a research institute. While I was always a hungry reader and harboured vague notions of being a writer, as a young man writing was the furthest thing from my mind; after leaving school, I did a B.Sc. in Biotechnology in Galway's NUI, an M.Sc. in Plant Science in University College Cork and a Ph.D. in Microbiology in the University of Limerick, the plan being to dedicate my professional career to scientific research. While having written extensively within my technical scientific field, I had never contemplated becoming a writer of fiction until a road-to-Damascus moment on the N69 between Listowel and Tarbert, Co. Kerry in the summer of 2011. Since then, most of my spare time has been occupied with writing. In whatever other free moments I have, I like to listen to music, play the guitar and garden (which here in Madrid means a lot of watering of plants and spraying for red spider mite). My ambition is to become as good a writer as I possibly can, eventually freeing myself from the cold clutches of science and earning a living through my scribblings. The type of writing that excites me is honest, intelligent, well-constructed and richly descriptive.
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2 Responses to Big Hair

  1. Mary says:

    So – is the big-hair male or female? Hope it’s male…

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