Braided: NaPoWriMo, Day 1

My hair–

in shoulder-length braid,

multi-colored strands

woven over and under,

the grey with brown overlaid,

gilded in gold—past, present, future

twined together

sharing the same roots.

Back it all goes,

away from my face.

(Don’t touch.)


I look in the mirror,

wonder if wisps of spring bloom

still in autumn frost.

What does it matter? Lines traced

forwards and back. Lifelines.

I turn away,

wash my hands. . .again.


Today is the first day of poetry month.  NaPoWriMo posts a prompt for each day of the month. I’ve taken part for the past two or three years. I may not post every day. We’ll see.  Today’s prompt was: “write a self-portrait poem in which you make a specific action a metaphor for your life – one that typically isn’t done all that often, or only in specific circumstances.”







24 thoughts on “Braided: NaPoWriMo, Day 1

  1. Merril! ❤ This is lovely, and I can just imagine your hair and how lovely it is – and the DON'T TOUCH, it's perfect.

    • Thank you so much, Shuku! A sign of the times, eh? I hope you and yours are well.
      AND–between your comment and Kerfe’s I’ve just remembered how I used to wear my hair in a braid after I gave birth to both my daughters because it was coming out a bit and I was trying to keep it from being grabbed. 😀

  2. Braiding hair is very contemplative. I remember the time each day redoing my waist length braid as a time when I would step out of the day. Of course my hair hasn’t been that long for 40 years…
    I like the way you connected past and present too. (K)

  3. I was looking for a photo of you with braided hair – pre-Raphaelite perhaps or perhaps not. When you look at this poem years from now, you’ll certainly remember the hand-washing of 2020.

  4. It is brilliant 🙂 I love how you bring our current crisis in, not dramatically but perfectly understated. An otherwise ordinary ritual of braiding and washing made extraordinary.

  5. Pingback: Braided: NaPoWriMo, Day 1 — Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings – Ellustar Fashion

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