One of the pandemic topics that has gotten a surprising amount of media time here in the United States is what people are doing with their hair without having access to hair salons. Celebrities and politicians face scrutiny if they appear well-coiffed. Did they break the rules and call in a professional? Are they sheltering in place with someone who can manage to trim hair? Did they manage to give themselves a haircut? Are they wearing a stylish headband only to keep their bangs from falling into their eyes?
There are also a lot of stories of hairdressers delivering hair color to clients and giving them instructions on how to apply it – from at least six feet (two meters) away, of course.
Some people, though, are letting their hair grow naturally, revealing their hair color which they themselves may not have seen in decades.
Maybe a few will embrace the natural look. That has always been my choice.
Back in 2016, Silver Birch Press was doing a series called “My Mane Memories” with poets submitting work about their hair. One of the poems they chose was mine: “Crowning Glory” which I will also copy below.
by Joanne Corey
“The silver-haired head is a crown of glory…” Proverbs 16:31*
Friends recognize me
in a crowded theater
down the street
across the restaurant
among the congregation
how they wish
theirs looked the same
remember the first silver
among the brown
before I was in high school
multiplied after my daughters were born
until at fifty just a bit
of brown was left
Then I let it grow
past my shoulders
down my back
in silver waves
*Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
By the way, Silver Birch Press is offering a free kindle version of their May poetry anthology from May first through fifth. Details here: https://silverbirchpress.wordpress.com/2020/05/01/free-kindle-version-of-may-poetry-anthology-5-1-5-5-2020/
In this time of pandemic, they have also revived their themed series on their blog. Right now, they are soliciting poems/short prose on wearing a mask: https://silverbirchpress.wordpress.com/2020/05/01/call-for-submissions-wearing-a-mask-poetry-prose-series/
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