Poem: Hair

Our hair,
Each strand is beautiful,

Delicately brushing it,
Tenderly combing it,
Braiding it as defiance,
One braid,
Two,

Red,
Brown,
Dark brown,
Black,
Indigenous,

Short,
Spiky,
Red,
Rebellious,
Colonized,
Decolonizing,
Healing,
Growing,
Growing,
Growing,

I'm rural,
I'm urban,
I'm street,
I'm representin' the culture,
I'm traditional,
I'm at the powwow,

In healing my hair grows,
Braiding it is countering racism,
Growing it is honoring the ancestors,
Healing,
Beauty,

We are beautiful.