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My Farewell To Nice'n Easy

I love to rhyme, therefor, I write poetry and if my muse is awake I love to write short stories. My name is Ruby. I am a retired RN.


Gray hair is not my cup of tea, but it looks like I'd better learn to love it.

Nice'n Easy, you've been a good friend until the very end

Allergies flaring, red itchy bumps emerging on my scalp, so goodbye my faithful friend

I've used you for forty odd years

Now I must leave you through sorrowful tears

No longer will I be a Sexy blond

Instead, I'll settle for gray, perhaps in time the two of us will bond

until we do my tears will surely flow

I guess I should be happy, saving my hard earned dough

I'm sure my interest in your Nice'n Easy stocks will take a nosedive

I imagine in time I'll quit lying, saying, " I'm only thirty-five "

I tried your new concoction, labeled without ammonia

The formula was worse, leaving me with a sad case of pnuemonia

And practically in a sleeping coma

So this is my goodbye letter to you blond friend

I suppose I'll live, perhaps smiling once again


I'm wondering how a gorgeous blond wig would feel?

Oh forget it! Something tells me, " It would cause my scalp to peel "

So, farewell my allergic messy blend

Perhaps I'll live without you, and my ego will surely mend.


Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on June 26, 2020:

Hello Anupam, so nice to see you again. I was really upset when the rash came on my scalp, but now I am happy to be done with the messy job. So happy you came to visit again. Thank you much.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on June 26, 2020:

Brenda, I am so sorry I missed your comment. I don't know how that happened. I'm glad you thought this piece was cute. I was upset at the time, but I like not having to do it now. Thanks so much for coming to read this looney piece.

Anupam Mitu from MUMBAI on June 25, 2020:

Oh, so beautifully you have expressed your pain of losing the charm!

I loved the way you have accepted the reality and bid the illusionary beauty.

Lovely poem

Take care dear. Lots of love

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on December 26, 2019:


This one is so cute.

I can feel your pain having to let go...but you will save money in the end.

I'm sure your ego will be fine. I hear grey is the way to go.

Great write.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on August 07, 2019:

Hello Shauna. I'm learning to like my hair. It is so easy to care for. I never had dark hair, but it is dark in the back and curly. The chemicals sure did a job on my scalp. red rash, itches like crazy. So I will join you and be happy. Thanks so much for your " cute " comment.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on August 06, 2019:

This is cute, Ruby.

I quit coloring my hair seven years ago. I'd only been coloring it for about ten years at the time.

People say they love my shades of gray. They range from silver to dark gray and I still have some brown in the back.

I decided to quit putting chemicals on my hair because it's not a healthy practice and can weaken it over time. Besides, my hair grows so fast, I was having to color it every four weeks.

So, I'm going with the flow. I'm 62. It is what it is.

BTW, your gray is very flattering.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on July 29, 2019:

Hello Dana. I still have the rash but not as itchy. It is funny how one develops an allergy, I guess it's the gray hair fighting back. lol Thanks for coming by..

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on July 28, 2019:


You are just too cute for words! I have been noticing a few gray strands around my edges. I was devastated. I always told myself I wasn't vain but I felt betrayed when that gray showed up. I looked younger than my age for years and I still do but that gray is a tell-tell sign that I'm not as young as I look.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on July 25, 2019:

Hello Nithya, so many can relate, so I guess it is to be

Nicen Easy has been set free, Hee Thank you.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on July 25, 2019:

A great fun poem, my hair is turning a shade of grey and I can totally relate to this poem.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on July 23, 2019:

Hello William, so glad it was a fun read for you, that's what I was hoping for. Thank you much.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on July 23, 2019:

Hello Genna, your comments are always so lifting, how could I not feel better? I got my hair cut short and I like it better. Thank you dear friend. Hugs

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on July 21, 2019:

What a fun read, Ruby! I enjoyed it much.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on July 21, 2019:

Hi Ruby...

Happy Sunday. I just love this poem! I've started to get grey hair close to my hair line, with my bangs for instance, (just like Mum), and I've decided to just let nature take its course and not color it to hide it. I'm in my 60's and I figure, well, the "jig is up" so to speak. My blonde hair kind of hides it, so it looks like sun streaks or highlights.

Your beauty radiates from the inside, my friend. It is impossible to miss! Hugs.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on July 20, 2019:

Hello Nell. You lucky girl. Every time I pass the mirror, I wonder who it is? Like I said, I'll mend. Hee. Thank you...

Nell Rose from England on July 20, 2019:

LOL! I love it Ruby! Yes me too! can't go without my hair dye! fun poem!

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on July 20, 2019:

Hello Mar. Well I took the final step, I had my hair cut yesterday, and I love it. Thank you for all the sweet things you say about me, It makes my heart happy. I have so many wonderful friends who support me here on HP. I wish we could all meet at our little café

and dance the night away. I wonder who all will come? Ten years of friendship is a wonderful thing. Hugs..Enjoy the time with your beloved doggies.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on July 19, 2019:

You are beautiful inside and out, dear Ruby. Nice N Easy had nothing to do with that!

Love you and big hugs, mar

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on July 19, 2019:

Hello Lorna, so happy you came to read my farewell to my old friend. I think I will grow gray gracefully like you. So glad you enjoyed this piece. Thank you..

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on July 19, 2019:

hello Shy, you too, what a shame. Are you allergic to the dye?

It seems to me we've been dealt a rotten hand

We will survive, if I can get my head out of the sand

Everyone says' " Gray is beautiful "

Who are they trying to kid with that bull

To be blond again my friend

I'd give a nickel and maybe a ten

Wishful thinking is a waste of time

So let's go boogie and have a glass of sweet wine

Hugs and blessings.

Lorna Lamon on July 19, 2019:

There is a real sense of fun in this clever poem Ruby. I think I'll go grey gracefully. Great read.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on July 18, 2019:

Ruby, Ruby my gem of a friend

My love for Nice’N Easy also came to an end

So my condolences I send

But, you will still be thirty-five to me

Beautiful and Sexy you will always be

Blessings and hugs my dear friend.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on July 18, 2019:

Audrey, you gave me an idea, as long as I do not touch the scalp maybe I can highlight my gray. WOOPIE Hee. Thank you...

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on July 18, 2019:

This is so good, Ruby! I go back and forth - go all gray or use some color. So I came up with a plan: Let the gray grow out but add some highlights here and there. :)

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on July 18, 2019:

Hello Susan, nice to meet you. Happy you could relate. Thank you for stopping by.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on July 18, 2019:

Hello Pamela, I really do not think I would go gray if it were not for allergies, but sometimes we must do what is best. SIGH. Always happy to see you. Thank you.

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on July 18, 2019:

I too am letting my hair grow out. I guess eventually I will be used to the gray instead of the rich brown I have had for years and years. I enjoyed your hub, it says what I have been thinking.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 17, 2019:

I am currently letting my gray hair grow out, so this poetry is perfect for me. I enjoyed this article. Thanks.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on July 17, 2019:

Hello Clive. Your comment brought a smile. I do appreciate your encouragement. I ' recken ' if I'm golden I don't need to be blond. Hee..Thank you much...

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on July 17, 2019:

Hello Mike, you say the sweetest things. I know hair color is not that important, but when you've used a product for so long you feel undone. lol. I did have fun thinking this up. I am happy when I can write something that my friends like. Thank you for the wit remark, makes me smile big time. I'm still waiting for another Trump episode. Hee...

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on July 17, 2019:

Hello Bill. I had fun writing this, so happy you enjoyed. Thank you much.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on July 17, 2019:

Hello John, You have a healthy attitude, and I am thankful that I have hair. lol. I am allergic to so many things, animal dander, trees, grass, mold, chocolate, Gluten, etc. I attempted to have a doggie again, it lasted three days before my eye's began to swell. My friend Tammy gave him to me. I called her to come get him and they were at the door about to leave when he came and nudged my hand, as if to say " Goodbye I sure liked the food you gave me. Thanks so much for coming by.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on July 17, 2019:

funny...you don't need that ruby. you are golden.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on July 17, 2019:

Hello Chris, I suppose you're right, I do have hair, and I'm smiling big time 'cos you came to read my rant. Thank you so much.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on July 17, 2019:

Hi Ruby. - Your beauty goes way beyond hair color. Your wit goes a long ways also.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 17, 2019:

Love, love, love it! I actually tried coloring my hair back in the 90's.Gave it up...gray is me and I am gray. :)

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 16, 2019:

I love this, Ruby. It brought a smile but unfortunately the years creep up on all of us. Though I’d prefer to keep my natural hair colour I don’t mind grey hair because it means I still have some.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on July 16, 2019:

Ruby my dear friend, let's embrace the years and the changes together. Smile, you still have hair.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on July 16, 2019:

Eric, you made me lough out loud with your comment. You should write a poem using that line. Maybe that's why my hair turned gray, it was looking for someone younger. lol. Thank you much.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 16, 2019:

So great to get this early. Fantastic. Elvis is perfect here. My hair once loved me. But she is looking for someone younger. What a heartbreak.

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