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Natural Hair Poetry

sistahmaryisissistahmaryisis Posts: 157Registered Users
I thought I'd start something new . . . this can be a place for us to post hair-related poetry. It could be something you wrote . . . or something you found online that you liked. If you find it online be sure to give credit to the author!

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  • sistahmaryisissistahmaryisis Posts: 157Registered Users
    The Creamy Lye
    by Sharon Harvey Rosenberg

    Don't slap
    My head
    With that
    White lye
    I know the truth:
    It's creamy crack
    (my private addiction,
    a six-week fix)
    straightening my roots
    with the cool press
    of sodium hydroxide

    It's a relaxer
    leaving me
    tense, my head
    on fire

    melting, melting
    under chemical burns, plastering
    my scalp with scabs
    (my private track marks,
    a six-week fix)
    shedding and oozing.

    Don't slap
    My head
    With that
    White lye.
  • sistahmaryisissistahmaryisis Posts: 157Registered Users
    Don't Let Our Hair Divide Us
    We as black women should not
    let our hair be the dividing element
    that destroys our development.
    Our hair is a unique blend
    of the diverse experience
    we have experienced in America.
    It is an expression of our horrific history
    that at times, the white system has used
    to destroy Sister Unity.
    Yes, our hair defines us,
    but it should not deny us
    the right to wear it any way we want.
    After all, when we look into the magazines of America,
    we see what has been believed to be beautiful,
    and then wonder if we are okay--
    yes, we may say we are okay,
    but when we search within
    and find that dilemma that
    makes us wonder if we should blend
    the nappy with the straight
    in order to relate to a world
    that has denied our beauty
    from the very beginning,
    then our hair still is a
    difficult and complex issue.
    Deep down we wonder if our men
    like it straight and blowing in the wind,
    and then after feeling its awesome texture,
    we fall in love with that glorious natural;
    yet when we stand against the world,
    the eyes of society don't often see
    our natural halo as beauty.
    And then we rush back to the straight
    hoping that this will dictate
    that we must compete in a competitive world;
    but blackness is a state of mind--
    the color or length or texture of our hair
    really cannot be defined;
    the decision is ours--
    we might plague it for hours,
    for in the end what should really matter
    is the genuine love we have
    for our God-given hair.
    Carolyn Hopkins
  • luvmylocsluvmylocs Posts: 7,578Registered Users
    here's a haiku i wrote yesterday:

    My Hair
    Nappy but I like
    it, do not try to tame it
    kinky hair rebels!
    a dreamy pisces :fish:
    please recycle, it matters...
    i change lives...through fitness
    i'm more relaxed being natural
  • luvmylocsluvmylocs Posts: 7,578Registered Users
    oh and i love this saying that i came up with in my sig...

    i'm more relaxed being natural
    a dreamy pisces :fish:
    please recycle, it matters...
    i change lives...through fitness
    i'm more relaxed being natural
  • afrosheenqueenafrosheenqueen Posts: 5,400Registered Users
    4a/b Texlaxed hair w/ highlights. Medium texture & high porosity.

    HG's: CJ Daily Fix, Bobeam Cheris Hibiscus shampoo bar, KC Spiral Spritz, Knot Today, CJ Rehab, KBB LL Hair Mask, Cassia, KCCC, oil blend of Avocado, Camellia, Jojoba, & Meadowfoam oils

    SL APL BSL MBL
  • afrosheenqueenafrosheenqueen Posts: 5,400Registered Users
    A Google find
    Light in the Dark
    Ooh, look at you Jigga-Boo,
    With your dark skin, big lips, nappy hair,
    and large derrière
    You fail the brown bag test,
    and your hair is all a mess,
    Not enough lipstick to cover,
    the voluptuous lips, inherited from Grandmother
    Hair kinky and curly, and thick as lambs wool,
    Even if its braided and beaded, or dreadlocked, its still not beautiful,
    how pitiful
    We as a people, trying our best to fit in,
    Straighten your hair, hide your backside,
    pretty equals light skin
    Complexity of my sistas' complexions, is GOD sent,
    Sistas' sweet as ice cream, lighter than caramel to darker than chocolate
    Fast forward the time, to one, nine, nine, nine,
    Its now acceptable,
    to be ethnically incredible
    Its true, 'cause Cosmo said so, big lips are now exotic,
    Blondes and blue eyes getting injections, to mimic my sistas' reflections,
    how ironic
    30 years ago, these characteristics should have changed,
    Little Tomeka being teased, because of the rinse, spin, and wash of our brains
    No pride in the darkside, not happy to be nappy,
    Too fully equipped, in the hips, butts, and lips
    But now dark skin gives the look of Mediterranean,
    Hair with "a flare", has kinks and curls up in there
    Sensuous, vivacious, womanly and voluptuous,
    Synonyms, given by them, to describe traits of us
    But not because of us, but because Vogue said so,
    And the rear, of the "Buns of Steel" instructor, is to die for
    Is this what it takes, for US to close our eyes and see,
    That OUR exterior frames, come from our inner self BEAUTY.
    -RAIDA
    4a/b Texlaxed hair w/ highlights. Medium texture & high porosity.

    HG's: CJ Daily Fix, Bobeam Cheris Hibiscus shampoo bar, KC Spiral Spritz, Knot Today, CJ Rehab, KBB LL Hair Mask, Cassia, KCCC, oil blend of Avocado, Camellia, Jojoba, & Meadowfoam oils

    SL APL BSL MBL
  • HU GurlHU Gurl Posts: 8Registered Users
    In My Nappy Hair

    In my nappy hair
    exists exotic energy
    that has been here for centuries
    strengthening me continuously for infinity
    allowing me to muster the ability
    to see, act and think clearly.

    In my nappy hair
    The soul of Afrika lives
    Which gives
    my spirit culture and foundation
    Enlightens me on the essence of creation
    Brings me education and elevation
    of the truth of my beloved Nubian nation

    In my nappy hair are Afrikan songs
    that make me STRONG
    that tells me who I am and where I belong.

    In my nappy hair
    There is positivity in a large capacity
    traveling at high velocities
    possessing infinite possibilities
    of peace, progression and prosperity.

    In my nappy hair is powerfully
    refined protein
    packed with profound principle
    which makes me an invincible King.

    In my nappy hair
    Knowledge, wisdom and insight
    have been twisted together to loc
    forming forces of passion and fire

    My nappy hair
    is natural
    is magical
    is spiritual
    is original
    is ESSENTIAL

    In my nappy hair
    I've found FREEDOM and HAPPINESS.
    - UniverSoul
  • Hakim NuraldinHakim Nuraldin Posts: 1,467Registered Users
    Here's one I started a few months back but never finished. Here it goes;


    Yes I am my hair.
    We are both natural and
    beautiful and strong.
    We have both suffered at the hands of someone who didn't have a clue how to treat us well so we could thrive
    We are both growing
    We are both getting older
    We are now both a lot more healthy since we eliminated bad treatment
    We both love to be touched, caressed and spoiled.


    That's all I have so far.
  • eyesthatlieeyesthatlie Posts: 261Registered Users
    found this one online..

    Resilience
    Perfectly patterned particles
    push perpetually,
    emerging: emancipated, elated,
    enthusiastic.
    Pushing proudly
    up through layers upon layers of denial.
    Past denaturing chemicals
    and excessive heat;
    curls emerge: triumphant.
    Blatant refusal
    to be ignored.
    Blatant defiance of standards.
    Despite countless chemicals
    and incessant heat curls return:
    a complexly simple statement
    and reminder
    of identity and culture.
    Our hair is
    as our land is
    as we are:
    EVER BEAUTIFULLY
    RESILIENT.



    by Sunkissed Gem
  • sistahmaryisissistahmaryisis Posts: 157Registered Users
    Great finds ladies . . . and to luvmylocs and Hakim Nuraldin, what talent!!! Yall got me over here snapping my fingers . . .lol. I write but I've never written a poem about my hair before . . . maybe I'll make an attempt now . . . yall inspired me!
  • Hakim NuraldinHakim Nuraldin Posts: 1,467Registered Users
    Great finds ladies . . . and to luvmylocs and Hakim Nuraldin, what talent!!! Yall got me over here snapping my fingers . . .lol. I write but I've never written a poem about my hair before . . . maybe I'll make an attempt now . . . yall inspired me!



    Thanks, sistahmaryisis! You're too kind kind! And girl, you don't know what you done started with this thread! I think that we're really going to see more beautiful, deep words about natural hair posted here. I think Imma print this out. All of these post are uplifting and inspiring! Keep it up ladies!:toothy8::blob8::toothy8:
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users
    What a great thread! I don't have any hair poems but I'll look around.
    My blog - /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fsuburbanbushbabe.wordpress.com%2F" class="Popup
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    Playing with my hair is a hobby. Fluffy, fine natural 4a. Goal= Healthy, beautiful hair that retains its length.
    Hear that crash? It's me falling off the CG wagon.
  • sistahmaryisissistahmaryisis Posts: 157Registered Users
    My hair is the most original among all living organisms and grows like the spiral movement of the heavenly bodies and other natural forces.
    It represents the spinning of our planet, the curling of ocean waves, the spiral movement of sea shells, the spiral movement of climbing vines, and everybody knows the tornado moves like my hair grows.
    Samson’s strength was not in the length, but in its originality. An unscrupulous someone rearranged this information in an effort to confuse me.
    Samson grew weak because someone tampered with his hair. His hair was his strength.
    My hair is my strength.
    My hair is knotty.
    I cut it not,
    I straighten it not,
    I color it not,
    I chemicalize it not.

    Look upon all other creatures with hair
    and see how I stand out amongst them.
  • TK*TK* Posts: 885Registered Users
    Love love love all these poems! Now I'm inspired to write one myself! Thanks, ladies! :blob7:
    I'm "TechKnockout" now.
  • TK*TK* Posts: 885Registered Users
    So I did write a poem. Spur of the moment and on the fly! Hope you guys like--I'm proud of it!

    ""Nappy Beautiful Me"

    Embrace my nappy waves
    they are a part of me
    my kinks don't misbehave
    to your conformity

    Keep frowning at my locs
    my twists, my braids, my 'fros
    insulting me won't stop
    the way my hair will grow!

    I'm finished with your rules
    your game, I cannot win
    designed for me to lose
    by default of my skin

    My hair will not be straight
    I'll never be a blonde
    so is it just my fate
    to give up and move on?

    HELL NO I won't be tricked
    into hating myself
    my body is a gift
    with every hair and cell!

    So no, I'm not afraid
    to step outside the lines
    I'll battle your crusade
    and say what's on my mind!

    I'm beautiful as me
    that's all you need to know
    the only one I please
    is me, and me alone!

    I'm "TechKnockout" now.
  • mariag002mariag002 Posts: 3,557Registered Users
    TK, love it!!! Can't believe you wrote that in such a short period of time
    - Maria

    Big Chop: 9/23/07
    Relaxer free for almost 5 years!

  • sistahmaryisissistahmaryisis Posts: 157Registered Users
    ****snapping fingers****

    Go head TK!!!! Great poem! There is so much talent on the board . . . I gotta get my creative juices flowing and submit something of my own!
  • PrtyNCurls08PrtyNCurls08 Posts: 85Registered Users
    Creamy Crack:
    How Do I Hate Thee
    Author Unknown

    You hooked me!
    I woke up in cold sweats pining from your deadly
    fumes that filled me up with the aroma of love.

    You burned me!
    To touch you left me with patches
    that stripped life away
    from the very roots that bloomed from within.

    You kept me!
    So dependent in a way that I could never walk
    without the crutch you gave me
    to lift my head high in pride.

    False hope!
    To think that life would be worthless without you,
    because I would be worthless without you.

    You stole from me!
    Constantly taking the essence that was given to me --
    as a gift, replacing it with your mirrors
    to reflect the image you see me in.

    You tortured me!
    Empty and hollow full of holes from wounds of abuse
    caused by the toxic disease you carry within your
    formula of beauty.

    You poisoned me!
    Filling my head and thoughts with words and
    sweet whispers of self-esteem lasting only 6 to 8 weeks.

    You deserted me!
    Leaving me in a coma, depriving me of those free
    of your mental and emotional restraints of
    a chemical prison.

    I woke up!
    Alive and free and educated to be what God made me.

    I got smart!
    Finally realizing the only way to rid you
    was to neutralize you!

    F**k You!!!
    My self-worth is not determined by the straight,
    relaxed path of destruction you leave behind,
    but the bend and the curve of a rhythm...
    I choose to roam!

    "...capturing a vision fair..." since 1908.

    Last Relaxer: March 2008
    BC: November 2008

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  • afrosheenqueenafrosheenqueen Posts: 5,400Registered Users
    Good thread! There are so many talented & beautiful ladies here. Inside & out. Keep shining.
    4a/b Texlaxed hair w/ highlights. Medium texture & high porosity.

    HG's: CJ Daily Fix, Bobeam Cheris Hibiscus shampoo bar, KC Spiral Spritz, Knot Today, CJ Rehab, KBB LL Hair Mask, Cassia, KCCC, oil blend of Avocado, Camellia, Jojoba, & Meadowfoam oils

    SL APL BSL MBL
  • TK*TK* Posts: 885Registered Users
    :angel10:
    Thanks for the compliments! :toothy7:
    I'm "TechKnockout" now.
  • retromariretromari Posts: 79Registered Users
    I love poetry, especially spoken word!
    Here are three of my favorites:

    "No hot comb or perm again" by Aleea
    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DSWgKwYxmeNQ" class="Popup

    "To whom this should concern" by BlessedPoetically
    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D9BwhDoJ3uLM" class="Popup

    "Hairpeace" by Walidah Imarisha
    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DYh3wkfCQRBo" class="Popup
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    Natural since May 2009
    Goal: Thick Hair. Healthy Hair. BIG Hair!

    The reason I begged my mom for a relaxer back in the 90's:
    PCJ No Lye Relaxer commericals !
  • MsSilk516MsSilk516 Posts: 1Registered Users
    What are you looking at?
    Why do you stare?
    Is it because you do not understand the complexity of my hair?
    Let me enlighten you
    Maybe shed a little light
    I wear my hair natural
    It is my birthright
    For years I abused and tortured it, I was addicted to the creamy crack
    My hair is now sober and there's no turning back
    You see I like the way my stands twist, turn and curl up tight
    Rebelling against society's demand that they lay flat without a fight
    They have a heritage, a lineage with soul stirring stories to share
    They have earned the right to be free, so go head and stare
    Society has failed to make them conform, despite how hard it tried
    My hair is just like me, Beautiful, resilient and full of pride!
  • honeysweet20honeysweet20 Posts: 361Registered Users
    Hi I'm here at work and found this poem in my email box.
    Just wanted to share:

    >Here is a poem of a yahoo group owner that I believe all of us who
    trip off
    >being relaxed,natural,inbetween or what not definetly need to read and
    >remeber
    >because its beautiful.
    >
    >We cant add, subtract or mulitply the hairs on our head, yet we let it
    >divide us
    >
    >
    >To my natural sistah's (from your relaxed sistah)
    >
    >So, you think im tryin to conform? when for all ive ever known is
    >this to be the norm. you say im trying to be something that im not,
    when
    >my
    >hair will never make who i am whether it's straight, kinky, or bought
    ,
    >you
    >cut your eyes at me ova my 'do when you were once in the very same
    shoes.
    >so
    >i
    >apply this creamy stuff to make my hair straight, but you act is if
    your
    >kinks gave you a pass through heaven's gate? why do you put me up
    under
    >this
    >kind of pressure? and act as though because you now have naps you are
    now
    >up
    >to measure? you say you are so enlightened, but it seems to me as
    though
    >you just might be somewhat frightened. are you scared you will face
    the
    >temptation to straighten out the kinks again? do you project that fear
    unto
    >me
    >distorted and full of disdain? i wish i could show you that just
    because
    >my
    >hair is straight doesnt mean i cant relate to your pain. you say my
    >ignorance
    >runs deep, as though just because my hair is straight i must have no
    >sense,
    >my sistah have you forgotten when you were on this side of the fence?
    you
    >look
    >your nose down on me now that you have naps growing freely from your
    head,
    >when really you should be concerned about the kinks in your heart
    instead.
    >
    >To my relaxed sistah's (from your natural sistah)
    >
    >So you say you can relate to my pain? no i dont think you can, not
    >till you have worn an all natural mane. you see, there is no pain
    like
    >this,
    >when your very own people ignorantly diss what our hair really is.
    yes i
    >feel
    >enlightened and free to be me, and yes , maybe i am a little
    >frightened of what my nappy experience will be. you see, i feel the
    >pressure
    >every single day , to once again make my hair lay down, i just dont
    want to
    >give in and lose this freedom that i have found. no my naps wont give
    me
    >ticket
    >through heavens gate, but i have a new love for what God made me
    instead
    >of
    >living with self hate. I no longer damage and abuse the hair God gave
    me
    >just
    >to fit in, im no longer in bondage to white people's greatest sin.
    The
    >promotion of self hate within us to oppress and degrade us, as though
    >we are not acceptable the way the creator made us. I may come off as
    though
    >i
    >think im better than you, but my sistah that is so not true, it's
    about
    >so
    >much more than just your 'do. Maybe i dont say it right, but really we
    are
    >all in the same fight and all i want is to share my insight. your
    acting as
    >though your so righteous because you feel slighted, maybe you as well
    are
    >somewhat frightened. Why do my naps cause you distress? when you have
    the
    >same thing coming from your head under that chemical mess? you fit in
    with
    >those you choose cause your hair looks like theirs, and turn your back
    on
    >me
    >when im your real reflection, you can straighten your naps all you
    want to,
    >but its the kinks in your heart that need inspection.
    >
    >
    >To all sistah's (from God)
    >
    >I count the hairs on all of my children's heads. My word does not say
    >"I count the hair on a relaxed head" nor does my word say " I only
    >count the hairs of a natural head" It is I that count the hair on my
    >children's heads. Do not make it your job to count the hair on your
    >sister's head! It
    >is I that count them and it is I that formed them! YOU CANNOT ADD
    THEM, NOR
    >SUBTRACT THEM, NOR MULTIPLY THEM , BUT YOU LET THEM DIVIDE YOU! i
    desire
    >the
    >peace, happiness and joy in the hearts of all my children and this
    strife
    >amongst
    >you saddens me greatly. for it is my purpose for you to unite and walk
    in
    >love notdivision. I say unto you before you check your hair in the
    mirror
    >to see
    >whether it is perfectly straight or perfectly natural , i tell you to
    to
    >check to see if your heart is perfectly straight AND natural before me
    >first. and
    >before you look at the condtion and state of the hair of your sister,
    I
    >tell
    >you to look at the condtion and state of your own heart first. for the
    hair
    >on
    >on your head and the head of you sister's is but a small matter in my
    >sight.
    >
    >Do not bother to straighten your hair to fit into this world or to be
    >accepted by it , while your heart is not straightened out and you dont
    >accept
    >your very own sister in love...I say to you , you will surely then not
    fit
    >in
    >with me, nor shall you be accepted by me, nor fullfill my purpose for
    you.
    >what you call the path of least resistance, i call the path of fools,
    when
    >you
    >resist walking in love for others.
    >
    >Do not bother to wear your hair natural and untainted with chemicals
    >as you have said in your heart "to be as i made you" and not walk in
    love
    >towards your very own sister , then i say to you, it is then that
    your
    >heart
    >shall surely be tainted in my sight, and you will then surely not "be
    as i
    >made you" what you call the path of enlightenment i call the path of
    >darkness, if you are not enlightened enough to walk in love for
    others.
    >
    >I know the pain of all of your hearts and i know all the tears shed by
    >all of my children and all the pain inflicted on you and the division
    that
    >has been caused amongst you, surely i say unto you those people will
    be
    >held
    >accoutable for every action and deed before me. but you will not be
    >able to come before me and say "Lord but my sister did not love me due
    to
    >the
    >chemical or lack of a chemical in my hair, and Lord this is why did
    not
    >walk
    >in love towards her in return" for i tell you she will be held
    accountable
    >for
    >herself and you will have your own accountability unto me.
  • HakimHakim Posts: 1Registered Users
    Natural African Hair

    H A I R - Her Attitude Is Relevant

    Your hair is your pride
    It's being your unique self
    It's part of your culture
    And not a product from the shelf
    Natural and organic
    Without chemicals or anything synthetic
    It's you and no one else
    It's honesty and respect for yourself
    It's confidence and also piety
    And not being succumbed to the pressures of society
    It's guidance and your natural perception
    Otherwise it's against your nature and total deception

    Abdul Hakim Hippolyte
  • adthomasadthomas Posts: 5,525Registered Users
    Hakim wrote: »
    Natural African Hair

    H A I R - Her Attitude Is Relevant

    Your hair is your pride
    It's being your unique self
    It's part of your culture
    And not a product from the shelf
    Natural and organic
    Without chemicals or anything synthetic
    It's you and no one else
    It's honesty and respect for yourself
    It's confidence and also piety
    And not being succumbed to the pressures of society
    It's guidance and your natural perception
    Otherwise it's against your nature and total deception

    Abdul Hakim Hippolyte

    I'm impressed.
    Yes, it's real. No, you can't touch it. :wav:

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