THIS IS MY HAIR

This is my hair

This is my history represented in my curl pattern

4B? 3C? 4A? That’s history

Playground days when water would caress the air

Landing on my afro puff which never bent or broke

 

It stood

 

While Lucy’s and Hannah’s were sporting the wet look

Laying submissively

 

I like the kind of hair that will stand up for its rights

The kind that fights at every coil and curl

 

It does what it wants

 

When it wants

 

 To my Nubian princesses

Your hair is poetry

Spoken through the twists and bounce of each strand

Resume your love affair with your head wraps

 There are special powers interwoven in your braids and cornrows

Liberation singing “we are beautiful” through every strand

 

And every march throughout history

 

To the miracle makers, dream chasers and superheroes

“Natural Hair Journey” “goal lengths”: the language of competition we all understand

 

Love your hair because it’s yours

 And your history

 

J x

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