Discipline

Head by Basquiat 1981

[Head by Basquiat, 1981]

Discipline

I will never cut my hair.

If I ever cut my hair,

I would not be a woman.

I will endure its clouding of my sight.

I will endure its itch of tangles needing to be smoothed.

I will  cultivate adornment to cur its clouding.

I will comb and order my head so none will be offended.

I will braid my hair to show girl tightness.

I will wrench it and wrap it to bun,

One tight knot, weighted with hair pins

Heavy at the back of my head.

At night, I will remove my pins.

I will unwind my braid, shake loose my head.

I will let it hang and I will wait for man,

I will wait for man.

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