the history of my hair – part two

And so I have plaited and braided

Taking pride in my natural tresses;

Struggling with this kinky hair

that chemical perms were created for.

 

It agrees to be combed but only when wet,

Dry; it brings tears to a grown woman’s eyes;

Wrestling against the idea of a perm

This thick hair is constantly at war with the comb.

 

But every dawn brings with it acceptance

that this type of hair, is what I own.

 

 

© Cleopatra Chipo Kuuya 2013

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