You have ruled my esteem since I was a young girl
You were never long enough
You never stayed straight enough
I had to engage in chemical warfare to get you
to submit to the simplest positioning
I hated how you would wrestle with plastic fingers
That sought to find a path through the tangled web you weaved
Then I grew up
And I discovered the weave
I hid you
Sewed you under a net
BUT I am a little older now
I have discovered your exotic beauty
That raw essence of beautiful African glory
It connects me to a home I have never seen
To a beauty that is so versatile
Other cultures constantly appropriate your styles
I love you
Every kink
Every coil
Every winding strand of different
You are my crown
You are my glory