© Syneeda Penland 2011
I saw a Sistah at a restaurant the other day,
She was wearing an Afro; an Angela Davis,
Foxy Brown - 1970’s, looking Afro,
This Sistah certainly knew how to wear her Afro;
It was all picked out, full and thick,
And was a little rough around the edges,
Her hair and all its sheen
Truly defined her blackness;
It was exotic,
It was sexy,
It was beautiful,
It was strong,
It was powerful!
This Sistah exuded just the right attitude
To wear her Afro. She was casually well-dressed,
Barely wearing any make-up; just a little eyeliner,
Mascara and lipstick, that’s it.
Her flawless beauty was so radiant,
I was captivated by the
Essence of Her Black Beauty;
It was mature- not aged,
Strong- yet feminine,
Warm, intelligent and compassionate;
Like Mother Earth.
Food for thought:
I'm going to have to edit my poem to add Oprah's name to it, Oprah's Afro is absolutely beautiful! I'm proud that I started wearing my hair "natural" a few years ago. With the help of Oprah promoting our natural hair, I'm going to start wearing my Afro more often. Thanks Oprah!