Tales told out of turn

Legend says,

a young Abraham Lincoln

once walked five miles

just to deliver a letter, that he

carried 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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