Braids and Beauty This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

July 19, 2011
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My calves as security,
the frayed twines of her long,
scared-of-scissors hair
fall across my muddied shorts,
like the swirls of fog
on translucent shower doors.

Make it pretty, she says
but screams as the brush
sails through her hair,
gripped by imaginary thistles.

Eyes snap toward us
and laugh
at the girl, wrapped in naivete,
who wants braids and beauty
but is scared of the brush.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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LifeIsPoetry said...
Oct. 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm
I like the metaphor in this poem, inspired in the last stanza. Great job!
 
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