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Mindful Writing Challenge ~ January 2013 ~ Small Stone 27

Day 27

‘You’ll wonder where the yellow went when you brush your teeth with Pepsodent,’ I remember the jingle and find myself singing it from time to time ~ usually when I see contemporary ads for tooth whitening. It was one of the first TV ads when ITV opened. The very first one was for another toothpaste, Gibbs SR, which showed a toothpaste in a block of ice. I remember the visual but cannot remember the jingle or voiceover to Gibbs SR from 1955, but then, I was very small …

Polly Robinson © 2013

Pepsodent toothpaste

Pepsodent toothpaste

A Gibbs SR 2

Gibbs SR toothpaste ~ the first UK ITV advertisement shown in 1955


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Old Bony Face

Mumified male head. The face is partially cove...

The face, the face, old bony face,
The one that’s oh-so-hard to trace,
A ghoulish grinning gapped grimace,
Jaw-rattling laugh reverberates.

The hollowness of deathly gates
Close the year that passed away,
‘You won’t be rid of me,’ he said,
‘I live on in your memory.’

Polly Robinson © 2013


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Rewrite History

In my head
I
Tell it like it is,
Do it like it’s done,
Think it like it’s thought.
Don’t I?

Though, probably, I
Digress, dissemble,
Become discursive,
Democratic,
Empathetic,
Indirect.

Do you
Tell it like it is?
Say what you see?
See what you saw?
Or,
In memory, rewrite history?

Polly Robinson © 2011