Trio of high school lads,
Jogging down city street,
Turning out for cross-country.
First lad's tightly-curled locks,
Not a strand moved as he ran,
Everything contained and ordered,
Matching his meticulous cadence.
Second lad's medium-length,
Slightly-curled bob, cautiously
Bouncing up and down in regulated
Rhythmic repeat of careful steps.
Third lad's middle-of-back cascade:
Independently, joyously, randomly
Floating in front of, around, and behind
With each buoyant leap forward.
Each boy's idiosyncratic hair style
matching his characteristic running gait,
Affirming freedom of personal expression.
"Flow it, show it, long as God can grow it!"
Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical,
James Rado, Gerome Ragni, and Galt McDonald
Ann B. Blake
(c) May 11, 2014