In honor of my friend’s 44th birthday today, and ode to the best lip gloss ever…
ODE TO 44
44, you were oh so obscure, a frosty slice of heaven
We knew you by number, never by name, back in 1987.
We wore you everywhere we went. We thought you were totally boss
For the posse of jappy Northeastern girls you were the holy grail of gloss.
We could dress in our Benetton rugbys, with white leather keds on our feet
But without a swipe of 44 no outfit was complete.
We had to get you on Long Island, or so that is what we were told
An insurmountable problem if you were merely 16 years old
"They sell it at Commack flea market," the LI girls at camp would say
Then they’d pucker up their glistening lips, turn and walk away.
But we had friends in high places, you know, like Roslyn and Syosset
Who smuggled you into camp with their Virginia Slim 100s.
We dreamily applied your elixir, the perfect shade of pink
Welcoming your icy kisses that left our mark on every drink.
For hair sprayed high with Aussie Sprunch you were the perfect match
You highlighted our darkest 80s tans and electric blue eyeliner, natch.
You went with every Champion sweatshirt, with our neon Naf Naf tops
You held your own with skin-tight Farlows, EGs and Wigwams.
Even your tube was perfection: crystal clear with a mirrored lid.
For us girls who wanted to reapply, admiring ourselves as we did.
We tried to like Frosted Brownie. We dabbled in Zinc Pink, too.
But we swear they didn’t mean anything to us; we always came back to you.
Then the nineties rolled in and we gave you up to embrace a trend called grunge
We moved on to MAC Spice liner and BeneTint Non-Smudge.
We never forgot you though 44, and I’m guessing we never will.
Your sparkle, your shimmer, your arctic-like hue all linger with us still.
We’re grown-up now and looking back we know you did not flatter
Like the products we have today that make our lips look smooth and fatter.
But though our drawers may now be filled with Bobbi, Chanel and Dior
You will always remain our best friend for life, our perfect 44.