Thursday, October 27, 2011

hair

my hair once famously swallowed an entire continent
back in the day, when it was long and sun streaked
and i wouldn't let anyone wash it
locks of cherry stain auburn hair like tentacles
reached out to pull atlantis in,
engulfing it before they'd even seen the sky grow dark

its appetites grew tamer as i grew older
and it confined itself to snacking
earrings, family pets, keys, and homework
until, tired of perpetually picking my own locks
i cut it off

it's growing again, slow but steady,
like jungles spreading out to reclaim abandoned earth
lately i find my hairpins disappearing
ten today, lost to the dark depths
soon it will have moved on to cars and bicycles
and maybe states,

but i am resigned.

it's worth it if you'll tug the tangles out
and knot your fingers through carnivorous chaos

we didn't need nevada anyway.

5 comments:

  1. Oh, I really like this one a lot--well-conceived & well-executed, the language strong without & a sense that you really let the poem go where it wants!

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  2. thanks john! i'm glad you enjoyed it. i was fairly pleased with how it turned out, for once.

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  3. I laughed out loud. It sounded odd in an empty house but the dog is used to it now.

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  4. I really like this.

    The last line brings the whole poem together really well and on a personal note, reminds me of the time when I let my hair grow out (just got longer and longer).

    An excellent poem. Great work.

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  5. I'm glad you guys enjoyed it. = )

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