Friday, March 28, 2014


Completely straight hair for 60 years;
Decades of envying younger brother
And all others with wavy or curly locks.

Maternal Gramps, Jack's straight, black
Mop of hair, dominant trait, at least 
For two-thirds of jealous lifetime.

At 60, several flights to-and-fro to MN 
During step-mom's final illness;
skipped haircut; discovered latent curls!

Seemingly out of nowhere, but actually
Sent directly yet belatedly from maternal 
Gram, Helen, with cap of soft curls.

Blood is thick; sooner or later, genes
Express themselves, for good or bad.
Waited an almost-lifetime for eruption.

Ann Beth Blake
(c) March 29, 2014

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