17 Dec


Buddha Rocks Project

It’s kind of cliché that dye is an attempt to elude darkness.

That apart, it’s a preparation to step backward, when your kids looked up to you

Simply because you were taller and made hot lunches for them and cleaned their rooms

And punished them when they deserved it.  Dye is also a life saver,

Liebman the archive threw this up:

I also sent the prisoners hair dye. The older women begged for it to darken the gray in their hair so they wouldn’t automatically be selected for the gas.

The women with dye look in the mirror and pretend,

Natural selection sniggers her painted lips. Players!


(Inspired by this lovely piece and Eric’s gallery picture which speaks to me)


© neelthemuse,2011


Posted by on December 17, 2011 in Day to day


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11 responses to “Dye

  1. yoga-adan

    December 17, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    a little stunned by the line about the gas chambers, it’s juxtaposition to the beginning lines about the children really placed the value we place on the simple thing called hair dye in perspective

    we use and need so many things to enhance our lives, and aren’t (usually) in aware of it

    nice piece neel, thanks!


  2. yoga-adan

    December 17, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    ps, liked the link to the paris review 😉


  3. neelthemuse

    December 17, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Thanks yoga adan….glad you liked the link as well….very unique piece indeed.


  4. simon7banks

    December 17, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    I thought there might be a creative pun on dye/die. I have a feeling that John Donne wrote something about to dye to live and to live to dye, but that was his spelling of die!

    Dye is also a way of escaping light.


  5. neelthemuse

    December 18, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Absolutely right about the pun…but what surprised me was what dye could be used for. Donne is so contemporary….thank you Simon for your take.


  6. Caddo Veil

    December 19, 2011 at 1:37 am

    I’ve refused to go the dye route–but then I lucked out in the gene pool, less gray hair than all my younger siblings…..


  7. neelthemuse

    December 19, 2011 at 3:40 am

    I have nothing against dye at all….in fact anything that makes you feel happy in a harmless sort of way is a good thing. Was just interested in how things are used. Thanks Caddo!


  8. Eric

    December 20, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    I remember the story of the women in concentration camps dying their hair not for vanity, but to stay alive. Powerful write, Neel! (Shame on me for missing this one earlier!)


  9. neelthemuse

    December 21, 2011 at 2:07 am

    Isn’t it sad and strange how situations temper needs? Lovely picture you had there Eric, thanks!


  10. Caddo Veil

    December 31, 2011 at 4:31 am

    I agree with you–I’m not for a global Dye Prohibition–and frankly, I don’t know why I’m so righteously proud that I don’t dye. Must be one of my less-endearing quirks–oh well…


  11. neelthemuse

    January 2, 2012 at 5:43 am




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