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Curly Hair.

I’ve got curly hair
A little past my chest now.

My curly hair
Comes from a strange mix
Of African-American
And Chinese blood.

I joined the swim team
In the fifth grade.
And the chlorine monster
Ate away at my ends.

I had to cut it.
It was too short,
And bleached and
Dead.

It took about three years
For it to grow.
I’m in ninth grade now.
And it’s a little past my chest.

I straightened my hair
One time, a year later
And everyone said
I looked better.

I straightened my bangs,
Dry and course
For a year and a half
Until I admitted to myself,

That I didn’t even like it.

So why was I doing it?

I cried in the mirror
On a Saturday afternoon
When I realized not even
A flat iron could tame my curls.

I’ve got curly hair.
A little past my chest now.

Girls with straight hair
Use curling irons!
And they want me
To get rid of what I was naturally blessed with?

How messed up is that?

People always tell me
I need to straighten it
I need to get rid of
My bouncy, dark-brown curls.

But what they don’t say
Is that they want me
To look
Just like everyone else.

Why would I want to do that?
Why would I want
To please you?
Someone who doesn’t like me
For what I look like.

HEY! I can’t help it!
But I sure wouldn’t want to change it.
It’s taken my three years and counting
To appreciate what I’ve got.

My curly hair.
A little past my chest now.



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maggie.ramone said...
Aug. 7, 2011 at 9:59 am:
i personally think that curly hair is sexy
 
introducingshelby replied...
Sept. 27, 2011 at 11:02 am :
Yeah. I've heard that too.
 
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IamtheshyStargirl said...
Jul. 26, 2011 at 11:56 am:
Awesomeness!!!! This was a pleasure to read, as Boo would say, do your dance, Capitan.
 
Shelby A. replied...
Aug. 8, 2011 at 8:56 pm :

Thanks :D

Rock on, man.

 
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