Curls [Poem]

Love your #curls
even if society tells you they are not worth it
even if they grab, touch and shame them
even if you hate, regrade and shame them

Love your curls through the shame,
through the racism
through the hyper-visibility

they know it is not easy
that’s why they keep growing back after you tortured them
that’s why they shine so damn bright after just a bit of caring about them

love your curls

because colonialist societies will not
and those curls deserve so much better
after surviving 500 years of hate
they deserve so, so much better,

because you deserve so much better.