Long and kinky,
Ribbons and bows accessorize my nappy hair
Tightly sculptured cornrows and braids;
a pain I endured for convenience sake.
Advancing technology straightens and softens;
I find no longer the need to use my afro comb.
Sleek and groomed the hairstyle hides well;
the scars were relaxant burnt into my scalp.
Hairdresser’s tongs, become an addictive necessity;
this hair dictates too many lifestyle choices.
Frustrated by dependence,
I accept its coarseness and unearth the beauty of my natural tresses.
©Cleopatra Chipo Kuuya 2001