• the first time around

    I reluctantly let you into my life I had imagined you for many many years
    but never had the bravery to welcome you in
    I was plagued with straight, never kinky
    would you go with my navy blue suit
    or what will they say about you

    but when I met you for the very first time
    after plugging in
    … head first

    I found … that
    you are soft
    and thick
    and supple
    and had been waiting to really be touched
    and paid soul attention to
    for a very long time

    I mean
    the first time around
    I found you to be wire-y
    and surprisingly soft
    and waiting to be softened some more
    and adorned
    and twirled
    and touched
    and rained on

    but I lost patience
    I mis treated you like a lot of us do

    I cut you off
    out of frustration
    I didn’t even give you a proper burial
    I let you go before …
    really getting to know you

    just like others have done

    before meeting you for the very first time

    I admit
    I wigged you
    and waved you
    and stretched you
    and pressed you
    and sewed you up at times

    just like others

    I fried you
    and permed you
    and dyed you
    some kind of bad

    the fact is
    some of us
    have been so busy
    tryin’ to be wella balsam beautiful and
    weave crazy
    that I think we forgot
    that our locks and our strands
    are naturally sweet
    and soft
    and curly
    all on their own

    so this second time around
    I will do better
    I thought I knew you


    I thought I knew you

    my beautiful
    got a personality
    all of its own

    “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.”

    Psalms 139:13 NLT

    Written and recited by Angela Riddick, Poetic Mustard Seeds. All material posted by Poetic Mustard Seeds is protected by copyright.







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