The Creamy Lye

by Sharon Harvey Rosenberg

 

Don't slap

My head

With that

White lye

 

I know the truth:

It's creamy crack

(my private addiction,

a six-week fix)

straightening my roots

with the cool press

of sodium hydroxide

 

It's a relaxer

leaving me

tense, my head

on fire

 

melting, melting

under chemical burns, plastering

my scalp with scabs

(my private track marks,

a six-week fix)

shedding and oozing.

 

Don't slap

My head

With that

White lye.

 

 

HAIR!!!! POETRY BY
Sharon Harvey Rosenberg
e-mail: Sharonhr@bellsouth.net

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