Mata Hari’s head is missing
and they’re searching in the streets
looking high and low in Paris
and peeking ‘tween the sheets
Could it have slipped out on it’s own
and booked a ticket on a plane?
Or did it don a cheap disguise
And change it’s name again?
(Though her origins were Dutch
she was Indonesian in her myth
If you see her, please don’t touch
for Mata Hari has the syph.)
Just in case you wonder why
I concern myself with the witch
In a former life, it was I
who shot the sneaking, spying bitch
And though I thought it was the end
when she fell defiant, before me dead
Now I’m cursed to roam the land
In search of Mata Hari’s head.
According to Wikipedia, “Margaretha Geertruida MacLeod (née Zelle) 7 August 1876-15 October 1917) better known by the stage name Mata Hari, was a Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan who was convicted of being a spy for the Germans during World War I and executed by a firing squad in France.” She denied being a spy until the end, and died rather bravely—refusing a blindfold and blowing a kiss to her executors. After being shot and sinking to her knees, she was then shot again, this time in the head, by an officer who was present.
Her head was embalmed and given to the Museum of Anatomy in Paris. In 2000, it was discovered that her head was missing and remains unaccounted for to this day.