Naveed Akram

Gold Star - 4,688 Points (15 December 1973 / London, England)

The Hair - Poem by Naveed Akram

The ritual evanesced when we observed it,
The ritual completed when our lice grew.
The head was full of lice, I hear them and saw each of them,
Restraining the children with feet, the arms also.
Inexorable lice swayed in the hair of our heads
Until the ritual was entire.
What is this ritual?
The ritual is of the dressing of hair,
Or the cutting of hair by the hairdresser.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, June 6, 2009



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