A blog by Amanda Alcantara

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Poem: Like Branches in a Tree


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My Hair is not like water

It doesn’t Flow
It can’t be molded into a container
It doesn’t move with the breeze
It doesn’t caress my cheeks
like the water caresses rocks on the beach
It doesn’t stay still when calm hits
My Hair doesn’t sit like water in a pond or in a cup of tea

No
Instead My Hair is solid like branches in a tree
It grows upward
then falls
like giant leaves in coconut palm
It is textured with the security
of an entity that knows its wants and needs

My Hair is solid like branches in a tree
It is grounded in mother earth
and it gives birth
to curls
that tell stories of mothers wrapping their children across their chest
My Hair is like a permanent nest on my head
It gives life to knots
Some branches thick, some branches not
It can hold ornaments beads and rocks
or trap lovers’ fingers as if to remind them of who’s the boss

My Hair is solid like branches in a tree
In the summer in glows like a crown
transforming me into a queen
Don’t tell me to tame it
Don’t tell me to straighten it
Cuz you see
My Hair is autonomous
It needs none of your support
And when I do iron it, it resists
Then your only compliment tends to be
“I like how your hair gets curly in the tip”


My Hair is not like water
It doesn’t Flow
It can’t be molded into a container
It doesn’t move with the breeze
Yet it brings a nice shade when the sun hits
It doesn’t disinfect your wounds
But it is the antibiotic for colonial views
And when the drums hit,
It dances with the moon
And prays for us to be free

My Hair is always reminding me
of my history
Of strength and beauty
You see, You may have stolen our tierra
You may have uprooted us from the mother land
But our ancestor’s roots are still growing in our heads
And We won’t be pushed into any container
You see, we are not moldable like the water in the sea

I said, My Hair is solid like branches in a tree. 



-Amanda Alc√°ntara

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