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The Pacification of an Afro | Chrissie Chinebuah

The Pacification of an Afro | Chrissie Chinebuah

The Pacification of An Afro - Chrissie Chinebuah Agbowo Art African Literary Art

Your eyes,
or your looks that kneel with every blink,
as if to pray for conformity,
put a leash on my untamable crown –
the one whose roots
are watered by the sweat of my ancestors.
So, I shackle the coup d’état my curls and coils throw,
and dress my defeated warrior in an armour
of hair condiments that make my heritage palatable
for you.

Sometimes,
I do not recognise the shell of an afro
that no longer glistens like black gold,
but lies limp in your foreign territory –
a stranger on its own throne.

I have found
home in the wilderness that frames my face,
and cured the identity theft
your weapons branded onto my scalp-
please, do not touch my hair.

 


Chrissie Chinebuah Agbowo Art African Literary Art

Chrissie Chinebuah

Chrissie Chinebuah is an aspiring lawyer from Ghana. She first began writing poetry in 2010 and has since been published a number of times, most recently in the Momaya Review 2018. She also served as an editor-in-chief at Boston University, her alma mater, for a publication entitled The Chimaerid.

 

This entry appeared in The Limits Issue 

Photo by Jacob Prose from Pexels

 


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