Tight Curls Girl “Coil vs. Comb” by Sharon Harvey Rosenberg

Speak It... Quotes & Poetry

Tight curls

wound like small coils

in a retractable pen

have no patience

for hard plastic combs

with jagged seams

and sharp teeth


through the dense spirals


around my head.


Snapped, my naps snap back.



the tight texture tenses

against those little teeth.


And with vengeance,

my hair

breaks combs

into plastic



And the coils spring back.

Like the spring in my pen

held in knowing fingers,

twisting strands of lines.


Forming follicle phrases from:

Curls coiled in S's, O's and Z's


Spelling my hair free

in long hand.

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