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