Tightly yet intricately woven
Pulled up high
Excessively washed, cleaned, and dried
Surprised it hasn't all fallen out yet
Ah, I remember her well.
She used to roam the woods brandishing her scepter of sticks
Commanding the creatures of the forest
The blue jays loved her, all the animals loved her, but, especially those blue jays
They brought her gifts.
And accompanied her on all her adventures
And watched her from the branches
She gave offerings of bread and warm milk
And wore their feathers in her hair
her hair was a wild mess
That wild tangled mess
Made me smile
She made everyone smile
She took a particular liking to me
I watched over her
she watched over me
a little girl
pep in her step
and sparkle in her eye
taking care of a scarred man like me
We had a trade
a weekly occurrence
A story for a story
A tale for a tale
She would whisper a story filled to the brim with
fairies and trolls
and trees with purple blossoms
and golden roots
I would hand her knowledge about the world
She saw the truth in people
called them flavors
said mine was a cup of hot chocolate
I once asked her what her truth is
asked her about her flavor
Frosting and moondust
with a smile
Now don't look at me like that,
She had her flaws
Even the most magnificent paintings faded with time.
What happened you ask?
She grew up
And everything changed
The winds didn't carry the scent of honeysuckle
And the crickets never sang.
She cut her hair.
And her smile was guarded
Weighted down by a heavy stone.
The Bluejays observed solemnly from the dead tree branches
As she withered away
The forest no longer hummed
And the town never felt so lonely
Even I lost a piece of me
When she got on that train
Without a wave goodbye
Maybe one day
The creek will chuckle again
And she will come back and
Finish that story
About the king and his butterflies
And I will tell the tale
About the origin of the moon.
But, perhaps that is just an old man's wishful thinking.
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in a pony tail
out of my eyes
it gets monotonous
to my more
I've tried braids
brings me back to elementary
Several people called me
I embody a twelve year old
I tried a headband
the fluffy strands
to get in the water fountain
when I'm drinking
The first one I tried
in my eyes
that will roll down a grassy hill
So, which one is it
linked to my identity?
But maybe I'll
What is it to you?
She was light
Light that colored and filled the room
Her black skin glowed where ever she went
She was the sweetness in people's mouths
Her braids in the sun made an aura around her
Almost like she was an angel
Maybe she was
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When I was a little girl,
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She'd separate it so one was on each shoulder,
and then gave me a finishing twirl.
Never have I ever thought of what the hair felt like.
From day one in science class, I was taught it was dead cells,
nothing more, nothing less.
Never have I ever thought of how it felt to be pulled so tight.
It's taken a few years, and I've long since grown out of the pigtail braids.
Now, I make them more fancy, a french braid or a fancy one to the side.
Maybe this is a lesson, that things only get pulled tighter and tighter with hidden rage and growing age.
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