Something edgy

Are you sure?
Yes.
So he begins.
Slim caramel fingers extending from a tattooed left arm.

I breathe, I’m sure.
The buzz of the razor is calming.
He starts from the back and soon the floor is covered with black and gray curls.

I breathe, I’m sure.
There’s an intimate dance the barber does as he stops to check with me.
I smile and hold the top in place.
He continues.

I breathe, I’m sure.
Two friends sent me about a dozen images for inspiration.
He’s managed to make this cut my own.
The more he takes off, the more I fall in love with my face.

I breathe, I’m sure.
I haven’t seen you in awhile my smile says to the nakedness in the mirror.
There’s something freeing about us meeting like this says the nakedness.

I breathe, I’m sure.
The barber finishes and leads me to the sink.
As he begins to wash my hair Ed Sheeran comes on.
Thinking out loud.
What an intimate dance we’re doing, the Barber and me, much like my mother and I did for many years.

I breathe, I’m sure.
Haircut 4

Written by: Flose Boursiquot 
June 13, 2017

A Poetry Reading at the Arts Garage

South Florida feminist Haitian-American poet Flose Boursiquot to hit the stage at the Arts Garage on Thursday, May 4th at 7PM. Flose will share pieces from her first published body of work, Close Your Eyes, Now Breathe. She was recently named one of BET’s 8 Millennial Feminist Poets That Deserve Recognition. Flose is politically engaged in Delray Beach and managed Commissioner Jim Chard’s winning City Commission race. She’ll be teaching a poetry workshop at the Arts Garage in the fall.

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Ticket purchase: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pesptpm/10169683/1071474

Learn more about Flose: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_eWdt4sWhI