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.

ii.

When he finally arrived,

a tired Lincoln removed his hat

and presented the letter.

The family was grateful,

but visibly dismayed to find the letter

covered with sweat, oil and coarse black hair,

which wreathed the letter

like a holiday ribbon.

iii.

Not wanting to insult Young Abraham,

the family nevertheless would

only accept the letter using a set of tongs.

iv.

The unflappable A. Lincoln merely laughed.

And when the letter was opened,

the family laughed, too,

because inside the envelope

was a shampoo sample


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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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