Ode to the Afro

big, kinky, messy locs

it’s a shame some people hate to see you

decked out in pink bows and sequined headbands

you are pampered with lavender, almond, coconut oils


lavished in water

dipped in butters from Morocco

conditioned with caster cream


your curls elongate to unforgettable length

tangled twists hold traditions of ancient African tribes

roots saturated in liberation

nappy and knotted tips of unruly protest


you grace the best of us

and distinguish the better of us

the beloved of every naturalista’s hair styles

you became beautiful when black was born






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