quoth Tim Terrier
by head hurth!
now Tim’s up – and quite merry
from his 80 proof snake oil –
still sick – but quite numb!
soon you’ll need more hair of the dog!
a curse on these quacks!
Linked to B&P’s Shadorma and Beyond at MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie, where our task was to write either a cinquenta (a poem of *exactly* fifty characters) or a shadorma (a non-rhyming 6-line poem in 3/5/3/7/7/5 syllables). This is a shadorma followed by a cinquenta.
Lest anyone think I’m toying with too painful a subject – here’s a great article about old Patent Medicines. [It opens in PDF format and has images of old trade cards too.] Some patent medicines really DID have 40% alcohol – making the cure as bad as the ailment in many cases.
And this is an interesting article comparing “hair of the dog” in different languages.