Fine pins flex   fold      float 

     in hair too heavy           hefty.

Comb split into three   tangled        trapped fragments

     fished out.

Hair gel of any kind.

Boyfriend jeans 

slick   stuck     stretched over curves,

               a gaping waist.

Salon highlights pulled    pried              prayed         

     through plastic caps.

Hair bleach of any kind.

Demographic surveys.

Samantha Jones (she/her) lives and writes in Calgary, Canada on Treaty 7 territory and is of mixed Black Canadian and European settler heritage. She is a literary magazine enthusiast and contributor with poetry recently published in Blanket Sea, CV2, New Forum, Grain, and Room. Find her on Twitter: @jones_yyc.

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