Buzz Cut

Buzz Cut
Form: Free Verse
Theme: Self/Identity
Subject: Hair cut

Who are you to tell me how my hair should be
How it should be cut and styled
as you say length is feminine beauty
a constant pressure of voices
saying ‘you’d look so pretty
with long hair’
And I watch as the scissors snip
to the buzzing trimmers
and my hair cascading in free fall
with the false beliefs
and curls of misunderstanding
strand by strand of misinformation
and the perfect little boxes
‘male’ and ‘female’
curses of a false binary
and with each snip changing the old to new
by taking what I need to be me
and as the last tresses descend
there’s nothing left to be said
my life is my own
and no one can take that from me