New Poem: The Mohawk

The Mohawk
By Ed DeCaria

The Mohawk

© Ed DeCaria, all rights reserved.

What more can you say about mohawks? Of all of history’s hairstyles, they must have the highest Recognition:Trial ratio. I envy those free enough and fearless enough to get one. The only way that I can ever realistically see myself doing it is if I decide to cut my hair really short for some reason and in the process get an interim one-minute mohawk, just for the photo.

Have any of you ever tried a mohawk? Known someone who has? I had one friend-of-a-friend who had a mohawk one summer when we went camping. It was a tall spiky one, I think dyed purple or maybe maroon, with a tuft goatee beard to match. Funny how to him it was just another haircut.  Just somethin’ to do.

Anyways, RE: the poem, I’m really looking forward to the day that I can have things like this properly illustrated rather than using PowerPoint.  Then it will really come to life!


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  • Lee DeCaria

    I LOVE the illustration with “The Mohawk”. No one in our family ever had a Mohawk, however, I do remember stripes that were shaved on the side of someone’s head…perhaps an older, rebellious brother? Love this site, Ed, so proud of you!!!!

    • Ed DeCaria

      Ahh, who could forget the stripes, and more notably THE REACTION to the stripes???

      Of course that was just the beginning …

  • Amy LV

    This is great! And it looks as good as it sounds, tricky feat. Our son, Henry, did have a mohawk one summer. Here it is – Thank you for sharing this! a.

    • Ed DeCaria

      Thanks, Amy. Love Henry’s mohawk — I’m sure he did, too! Maybe he’ll read this and request another? -Ed

  • Joy Acey

    Great concrete poem.
    My son had a Mohawk for about a month one summer. It was a lot of work because he had to mousse his hair to get it to stand up straight.
    Yes, I also remember the “fade” on the side and shaving your team or school letters into your hair.
    Delilah didn’t get her reputation for being beautiful. And a musical was based on HAIR.
    Thanks for a great poem and post.

  • Katya

    Both of my boys have briefly tried mohawks but neither had the patience to stick with the upkeep for more than a week.

    I shaved my head in college. And when it grew back out I dyed my hair blue — only the dye didn’t stick to my brown hair. When I tried to wash the dye out of my hair in the shower, it dyed my skin blue . People hummed the Smurf theme song for weeks.

    I haven’t experimented with my hair since.

  • Linda Baie

    My only memory in the family is when my son wanted to try a mohawk. Everyone thought he’d gone to hell, meaning drugs & all that entails, bad teendom, etc. But really he just wanted to try something different, a new kind of being maybe. It lasted a few months, & he returned to his old hair. The mohawk are quite time consuming. Love your concrete poem-good effect just with lines. The only time I cried as a mom with these kinds of things was when my daughter died her hair bright red. Argh, what trials kids do to their parents! Thanks for all the entertainment!

  • Mary Lee

    For the longest time, I had short hair. Then I had long-long-long hair which was followed by chemo-baldness. Quite the contrast. I’m back to longish hair now because I like being able to have a variety of different styles that don’t last as long as a bad haircut!

  • Ed DeCaria

    Great mohawk stories, everyone!

    You don’t hear much about the high-maintenance side of mohawks, neither the striped nor shaved part.

    Methinks I’ll write a follow-up poem.

    (I like saying “methinks”. I’ve never used “methought”, though, which is its actual past tense partner.)

  • Gloson

    Awesome poem, Ed! I don’t usually call a poem awesome but this is! I love the rhyme and illustration haha. One of the best concrete poems EVER.

  • Mother Streusel

    So clever (as always I am discovering!) So glad that Alan posted about March Madness and that as a result I have discovered your poetry as well. It’s phenomenal!


    • Ed DeCaria

      Thanks, Karyn! Flattery will get you everywhere. But when you get there you can never go back …