Poetry

God Gave Us Go(o)d Hair: So that we may understand and be aware

God Gave Us Go(o)d Hair: So that we may understand and be aware

After wearing a beautiful set of Nubian twists for two months I sat down around 2pm on a sunny Tuesday afternoon to finally take down the protective style. While taking down the twists in sections I slathered deep conditioner over my strands and twisted larger sections that would moisturize until my entire head had been untwisted. This alone was 2 hour process…3 hour process. I took great care to finger de-tangle, refusing to use any tools: combs, brushes, etc. I had no other activists planned for that day but to write an article (this one). My focus would be on tending to and caring for my hair and I enjoyed it. I realized in that moment that this activity, tending to my crown, was a blessing from God. I realized that in our hair maintenance we are developed into productive citizens of God’s kingdom. We were blessed with hair that reminds us to be patient, persistent and diligent.
Maintaining my hair
My crown,
My essence
The fruit of my spirit
In it I develop
God’s fruits of the spirit
While detangling
Separating,
And removing buildup from the roots
Every single one of you
With your own mind, shape and mood
Moving in your own direction
Individual and crossing hairs
At each intersection
You require management, patience and care
Threatening to tangle
When I am lazy or unaware
You’ll always be there
Standing and spreading
Bouncing and shedding
Waiting to be transformed
Braided, twisted or bantued
Never the norm
You styles hit the West like a storm
On my head you strike and adorn
Reviling those who are ignorant
And educating the uninformed
What are you if not a gift?
A blessing
A learning lesson
Her Hair is her glory
Go(o)d hair is my story

Our hair is our glory because in its maintenance we are actively developing our fruits of the spirit, those gift that we’re called to perfect in this life.

Galatians 5:22-24 22 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (23) gentleness and self-control.Against such things there is no law. (24) Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.