-Everyday, at work, I wear a full head of luscious black.
-It’s the kind that sparks many judgments, I can clearly see in many eyes
‘Cause of the Euro type of beauty it lacks.
-Some treat as a pet, and some despise.
-Some stroke with no consent or care
as if my name were Fido.
-If I’d done the same to any other ethnicity’s hair,
I’d certainly be pronounced “pervert” or “psycho.”
-It gets the evil stare in meetings
from the boss and all above her.
-It makes people stutter in their greetings,
and, because of it, many potentially useful conversations never occurred.
-They’d prefer it shaved down, but that’s just too bad.
-Such isn’t expected for any other ethnic group.
-I love that something so small makes some so mad.
-I love making admins faces droop.
-‘Cause, I know of the “blackness” fros amplify—
something not welcome in their workplace.
-And, though, their sincere pledge is “diversify,”
that’s mainly to pacify those who always bring up race.
-And, that’s why still gloss it with coconut oil
cleanse it with cannabis seed, and pick that bad boy out.
-I love causing emotional turmoil
so that critical thinking with come about.
-When some tries to pet it,
it’ll, now, be a chance to teach.
-I’m sure they don’t forget it,
when I reach back for the heads of the brunette, gingers, blondes, and of hairs bleached.
-And, I care not if my hair is adored
by those at my job.
-I’m there to work, not to make sure I’m not a boor,
to mental midgets and prejudice snobs.
-And, if those are the type that won’t promote
or invite me to their fancy functions,
over my un-groomed “do,” then, they’re nothing but a slave to the rote.
-I need you NOT. For, my blackness, professionalism, and morality do insure my success, when working in conjunction.
Image courtesy of “Naoharu” at https://www.flickr.com/photos/s_naoharu/4303187277/
“I Wear My Fro to Work”
is a poem featured my second published anthology,
“A Pale Face for a Collar: Testimonials of an Office Rat,”
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