A girl who wore red ribbons in her hair
took one off to tie around
the wrist of her dear friend
asking her to promise to never take it off.
It stayed there through summer, fall, and winter.
In spring, the bare-limbed trees
began to sprout green buds.
While the ribbon had withered,
turning brown and tattered,
the girl had grown three inches
and cut her hair short;
She no longer wore pigtails.