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Good Hair - Poem by Sherman Alexie

Hey, Indian boy, why (why!) did you slice off your braids?
Do you grieve their loss? Have you thought twice about your braids?

With that long, black hair, you looked overtly Indian.
If vanity equals vice, then does vice equal braids?

Are you warrior-pretend? Are you horseback-never?
Was your drum-less, drum-less life disguised by your braids?

Hey, Indian boy, why (why!) did you slice off your braids?
You have school-age kids, so did head lice invade your braids?

Were the scissors impulsive or inevitable?
Did you arrive home and say, "Surprise, I cut my braids"?

Do you miss the strange women who loved to touch your hair?
Do you miss being eroticized because of your braids?

Hey, Indian boy, why (why!) did you slice off your braids?
Did you weep or laugh when you said goodbye to your braids?

Did you donate your hair for somebody's chemo wig?
Is there a cancer kid who thrives because of your braids?

Did you, peace chief, give your hair to an orphaned sparrow?
Is there a bald eagle that flies because of your braids?

Hey, Indian boy, why (why!) did you slice off your braids?
Was it worth it? Did you profit? What's the price of braids?

Did you cut your hair after your sister's funeral?
Was it self-flagellation? Did you chastise your braids?

Has your tribe and clan cut-hair-mourned since their creation?
Did you, ceremony-dumb, improvise with your braids?

Hey, Indian boy, why (why!) did you slice off your braids?
Was it a violent act? Did you despise your braids?

Did you cut your hair after booze murdered your father?
When he was buried, did you baptize him with your braids?

Did you weave your hair with your siblings' and mother's hair,
And pray that your father grave-awakes and climbs your braids?


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Poems About Hair

  1. 1. Good Hair , Sherman Alexie
  2. 2. Women Washing Their Hair , Carl Sandburg
  3. 3. The One White Hair , Walter Savage Landor
  4. 4. Refugio's Hair , Alberto Ríos
  5. 5. Porphyria's Lover , Robert Browning
  6. 6. La Chevelure (Her Hair) , Charles Baudelaire
  7. 7. Upon Julia's Hair Filled With Dew , Robert Herrick
  8. 8. The Two Locks Of Hair. From The German .. , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  9. 9. To A Lady, Who Presented To The Author A.. , George Gordon Byron
  10. 10. To Helen About Her Hair , Robinson Jeffers
  11. 11. To Her Hair , Lord Edward Herbert of Cherb ..
  12. 12. Boy With His Hair Cut Short , Muriel Rukeyser
  13. 13. Sonnet Xviii: I Never Gave A Lock Of Hair , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  14. 14. The Man With Half An Ear Gets His Hair Cut , Michael Meyerhofer
  15. 15. Apology To Delia: For Desiring A Lock Of.. , William Cowper
  16. 16. When Mother Combed My Hair , James Whitcomb Riley
  17. 17. Dreaming Of Hair , Li-Young Lee
  18. 18. Baby's Hair , Alexander Anderson
  19. 19. On Lucretia Borgia’s Hair , Walter Savage Landor
  20. 20. Your Orange Hair In The Void Of The World , Paul Eluard
  21. 21. Lines On Seeing A Lock Of Milton's Hair , John Keats
  22. 22. I Have Become Very Hairy , Yehuda Amichai
  23. 23. I Dream Of Jeanie With The Light Brown H.. , Stephen Collins Foster
  24. 24. Her Hair , James Whitcomb Riley
  25. 25. Black Hair , Akiko Yosano
  26. 26. A Ballad Of Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  27. 27. Death Fugue , Paul Celan
  28. 28. Pan With Us , Robert Frost
  29. 29. Early In The Morning , Li-Young Lee
  30. 30. For Anne Gregory , William Butler Yeats
  31. 31. La Gitana , Aleister Crowley
  32. 32. Fugue Of Death , Paul Celan
  33. 33. Braiding , Li-Young Lee
  34. 34. Hair And Hustle , hasmukh amathalal
  35. 35. Rapunzel , Anne Sexton
  36. 36. Dust , Carl Sandburg
  37. 37. Hallelujah: A Sestina , Robert Francis
  38. 38. Rosalind And Helen: A Modern Eclogue , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  39. 39. Hairbrush , Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler
  40. 40. Narrative And Dramatic The Wanderings Of.. , William Butler Yeats
  41. 41. Seasonal Cycle - Chapter 04 - Pre Winter , Kalidasa
  42. 42. Oh Who Is That Young Sinner , Alfred Edward Housman
  43. 43. The Hosting Of The Sidhe , William Butler Yeats
  44. 44. Wavy , Shel Silverstein
  45. 45. Laus Veneris , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  46. 46. Hair Poem , Bill Knott
  47. 47. King Arthur's Tomb , William Morris
  48. 48. Pigtail , Tadeusz Ròzewicz
  49. 49. I'Ll Get One Tomorrow , Ogden Nash
  50. 50. Thurso’s Landing , Robinson Jeffers
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