Pharma Aesthetica

       Grandiflorum extract. Sky high results.
       Myristyl ether, itaconate copolymer.
       Say yes to beautiful. Don’t pay the price.
       Panthenol, octylacrylamide copolymer.

       Laminating. There is no limit to your style.
       Linalool, green 3, freesia refracta.
       Salon-proven to remove excess oil.
       Triethanolamine, matric aria.

       Ethyl ester of hydrolyzed silk,
       cocodimonium hydroxypropyl.
       This product has not been tested on animals.
       Butyrospermium parkii fruit.

       Vitis vinifer, propylene glycol.
       Avoid fire, flame, or smoking during use.
       DMDM Allantoin, violet 2.
       If irritation occurs, discontinue use.

       Hair disobedient? Won’t stay put?
       Caprylic capric triglyceride,
       peg-12 dimethicone, sulfo succinate.
       Style immediately. Sculpt as desired.

Note: This is a found poem using the ingredient labels of several shampoo and hair care product labels, including some no longer on the market.

Siham Karami’s poetry and critical work has been published in The Comstock Review, Able Muse, Tupelo Quarterly, Mezzo Cammin, the Rumpus, Riddled with Arrows, and as a feature in Orchards Poetry. She is a three-time Pushcart Prize and twice a Best of the Net nominee. Web