I am a Difficult Woman. {Poem}

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I am a Difficult Woman

It seems to me
that hair stylists
hold a strange amount of power.

One says,
casually,
offhand,
“Your hair is very thin,”
or very thick
or very curly
or “You, my dear,
have difficult hair”

and just like that,
for the rest of your life,
you are a woman with difficult hair.

Lovers are like that,
I think.

One says,
casually,
“You are a difficult woman
to love”

and just like that,
my hair is two inches shorter,
and,
I am a difficult woman.

author: Toby Israel

Image: Pietra Shwarzler/Unsplash

Editor: Lieselle Davidson

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Toby Israel

Toby Israel Toby Israel is a vagabond and storyteller with a metaphorical closet full of hats. She currently works as a creative facilitator, editor, and writer, and as Content Manager at NuMundo. She is also a full-time lover of movement, food, and words. For the moment, she lives in Costa Rica. (She came for a masters degree in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies from the UN-mandated University for Peace—and stayed for the papaya, sunshine, and conscious community.) Share her journey on her website, and on FacebookInstagram and Twitter!

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