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Permanent Wave

inhuman torture
in a beautician's chair
willingly self-inflicted
hopeful of the outcome

childhood dismay
hair curled on rollers
hooked by wires
to monstrous machine
relentless weight

aftershock 
embarrassment
head cap of electric frizz
fright wig extraordinaire
Li'l Orphan Annie's twin 
staring back from the mirror

no way to undo it
endure, wait it out
pray for rapid growth 
and a new haircut
 
stay-at-home phobia
creative head coverings
adolescent lament


     Published Online
Golden Aspen Publishing
    September, 2005

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