Tales told out of turn

Legend says,

a young Abraham Lincoln

once walked five miles

just to deliver a letter,

& that he

carried it with him underneath

his tall

stove pipe hat.


When he finally


a tired Lincoln removed

his hat

and presented the letter.

The family was grateful,

but visibly dismayed to

find the letter covered with



and coarse black hair,

that wreathed the letter

like a holiday ribbon.


Not wanting to insult

Young Abraham,

the family nevertheless would

only accept the letter using

a set of tongs.


The unflappable A. Lincoln

merely laughed.

And when the letter was opened,

the family laughed, too,

for inside the envelope

was a shampoo sample



(sign in west covina, CA)

If offered, would you choose the blue pill? The red pill? Or, the green jelly bean? For those who chose green jelly bean — Trefology

25 thoughts on “Tales told out of turn

  1. This was back in the day when he was first starting out as a young salesman working for Head & Shoulders. Of course, later he saw the advantage to wearing a stovepipe hat and that’s when he stopped using Head & Shoulders and became a spokesperson for Lincoln Logs—which was a much better fit. 😀

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