Poems of the Week

(On the first known written sentence)

by Alex Steelsmith

“Oldest known sentence written in first alphabet discovered—on a head-lice comb…
[It] reads: ‘May this tusk root out the lice of the hair and the beard.’”
The Guardian

Its readers had lice;
we imagine them frowsy.
The form would suffice,
but the content was lousy.