by Reginald J Johnson
Sunday, May 12, 2002
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What would you do if you woke up tomorrow and your hair was nappy?
Would you be happy?
Or would you wonder "Why is God mad at me?"
What would you do if you realized you didn’t need to
Perm it, burn it
Fry it, dye it
Tint it, rinse it
Or weave it, just leave it
Would you pick it, twist it
Nap it, headwrap it
Or dread it?
Or would you curse God for making you nappy headed?
Would you spend hours beneath a chemical shower?
Burning your hair into submission
Wishing deep inside that you had "white people hair?"
Oh …I didn't go there…did I dare?
Deny it, you fry it to fit in
To be accepted by white skin
Oh no, I'm sorry, you do it because it's prettier, easier.
Evidently you fried your brain
Because that's bullshit
Let's take two women: one's natural and one's permed
The natural sister wakes up, brushes her teeth and showers
Combs her hair and is ready in an hour
The time is even less if she has dreads
The permed sister wakes up
Unrolls, combs, primps, crimps, sets and sprays
And prays that on rainy days her hair do stays.
Every two weeks the ritual repeats
Spending at least three hours in the beautician's seat
Hair relaxed, trying to pretend
That this shit isn't burning the skin off your scalp
Cuz its so hot
Seems to me you could stick your head in a boiling pot
But that's ridiculous…
What fool would stick their head in a boiling pot knowing that would burn?
Now you tell me which is easier?
But, you can't go natural..
Its too ugly, its too, too, too, what's that word? BLACK!
And we can't have that
If I go there, massa might not want me back
Nah let me stop
I know its pure coincidence that after 400 years of hearing how ugly black hair is
You resort to straightening tactics
The fact is, straight hair looks better
Its straight hair God Favors
That's why he sent us a straight hair savior.
But he was called the Lamb of God, and a lambs hair is Nappy
Could it be?
Nah, that's silly
And how dare I speak Jesus' name and I'm not a Christian
I'll leave that alone, but listen
What if I gave you and antenna?
That allowed you to send ya energy
Straight to the most high and get energy back
You'd like that
Well, black woman, put your hand on your head
Your hair, or rather your ether
Keeps ya in tune with the universal energy
That’s in you and in me
And in every Nubian
Be they African, Asian, Hispanic, or Native American
It’s a fact that a nap is the number 9
Do this next time you're in the sunshine
Take off your shoes, sand in the grass and you'll find
You can feel that power as your chakra's align
Look at a tree
What do you see?
Looks like an Afro to me
A bush, a cloud, or let's go a step beyond…
Look at the sun
No, I must know
Is that a perm or a 'fro?
I apologize I know I stepped on some toes
But I must follow my flow wherever it goes
And I'm not the type to tell you what you need to do
All you need to do is be you.
Don't change your hair cuz of what I feel
All permed sisters ain't fake and all natural sisters ain't real
Most of these head wrap chicks need to stop
It's not polite to wrap an empty box
You hair might have locked, but your brain stopped
Thought you were deep…NOT
The worth of a woman is not on the head, it's in it
Use your tools for what they were intended
And my sisters, your hair is a gift
Wear it naturally, and you'll uplift
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|Reviewed by Rukiya Faizah (Reader)
|Wow...I like this piece especially because it embraces naturality and I am a natural sistah...usually sporting the 'fro, two puffs, or twists...so I really enjoyed this piece. But it is important not to insinuate that just because a sistah straightens her hair that she is any less down for the cause. I'm proud of what the Divine has blessed me with so I hardly wear much make-up either. At the same time, I don't think it's right denounce sistahs who choose not to express the nappy love that the Divine blessed them with (not to say that you were...just making a statement on that.). This poem is very inspirational and I love it to death. One.|
|Reviewed by Sandie Angel
|Well, I must say this was very interesting read.
I also note that straight-haired people admire the ones with the natural curls, and the ones with natural curls admire the straight-haired people. This is quite obvious that we are never satisfied with ourselves the way we are.
May Lu $*_*$