A strand or two

June 4, 2007 at 8:36 am (Uncategorized)

It infuriates me; I love it. I hate it; it’s pretty. It’s long; it’s warm. It has a mind of its own; it makes me feel like a woman. It tortures me; I torture it.
It shines; it curls. It flows; it minces. It makes me happy; it makes me want to tear it out. I want to hide it; I want to show it off.
It wants to be touched; it hates grease. It makes him happy; it hides my face. It’s a shield; it makes me vulnerable.
It’s state has a history; it has a story. It’s held my people hostage; it’s been their Achilles’ heel. It’s been used to determine identity; without it who are you?
It can free you; it can hold you in prisoner in its silky strands. It can be your friend; it can create enemies.
It can be absent from some; it can be abundant in others. It makes a difference whether it’s there or not. It’s the best thing ever; it’s the worst thing possible.
It is not coloured; I am.



  1. kash99 said,

    U talking about ur hair..shame my poor locks are in need of some serious blow drying today..i wasnt lus yesterday..oh hopw i wish i straight hair!!!

  2. tbhanks said,

    Yes, you goddit! I am so over this CT mist doing stuff to my hair. It really is an enormous pain in the backside. I also want wash and wears. Also wrote about it here: https://tbhanks.wordpress.com/2007/03/14/komaan-dammit-i-want-wash-and-wears/

  3. kash99 said,

    i think i’ve often told u this: that’s one of the nice things about joburg..ur hair almost never minces…seriously..the air is just bloody dry here..no moisture to speak of..so u never have to swill ur hair or worry about it expanding outwards when ur go outside..
    Ja ne, that’s about the only thing i like about joburg!!!

  4. tbhanks said,

    Sounds great but not even that would convince me to move down there. I love the ocean and mountain.

  5. kash99 said,

    you mean “up there” dont u??

  6. tbhanks said,

    Ja ok. A person is mos geographically challenged…

  7. kash99 said,


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