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on top of my head lives a bird’s nest
it wasn’t always there
when i was little, my mother loved my hair
she loved it because it was long and curly
    while hers was short and straight
she would brush it and brush it
   and brush it some more
until it was nice and poofy
and the
finishing touch
 was always a
   big bow
    that sat
      right
        on
       top
      pot
      no
     thgir
   tas taht
   wob gib
a syawla saw
hcuot gnihsinfi
   eht dna
but unlike my mother, I
always hated my curly hair
i hated it so much,
i would pull it back in ponytails so tight my
               head would hurt
strangely enough my ponytails hurt my mother a lot more than me
“katie, wear your hair down”




                               she would plead
and as i grew up,
she wasn’t the only one
when you never
wear your hair
down
people start to
notice
it becomes an insatiable curiosity
“do you ever wear your hair down?”
                           they ask
                            and ask
                            and ask
no.




        you answer
time and time again
but you can only say ‘no’ so many times
           before you cave
and unleash your frizz
    on the world
when you do
  it’s hard to deny
    you absolutely
and completely love
      the feeling
of your hair blowing in the wind
curls bouncing on your shoulders
and just as you are vowing to never return to the confines of your hairband
you look in the mirror
and swiftly sweep up the disaster
into a compact little bird’s nest
      on top of your head.
sorry mom.

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