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