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Ode to Hair

by Karen Sudduth

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I’ve worn a wig, I’ve worn a hat,
But now I am all done with that.
My hair’s still short, just like a boy,
But going topless is a joy!
I may be hard to recognize.
This new look is quite a surprise.
My hair’s too short for barrettes or bows –
I’m simply grateful for hair that grows!
It’s not too curly, not too straight –
Just having hair, I think, is great.
It’s dark with one bright silver spot,
But I’d rather have silver than have not.
Now I trust that from these words you’ll see
I’m comfortable with the short-haired me.
Although I grieved when I lost my hair,
I will always give thanks for the package bare.
With props stripped away, and vanity dead,
It matters not what’s on my head!
I get it now! I understand.
Hair or no hair, life is grand!

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Karen Sudduth, a breast cancer survivor, is married and the mother of three children. Although a musician by training, her experience with cancer opened up new directions in the visual arts and writing, leading to the launching of her survivor website,

This article was published in Coping® with Cancer magazine, November/December 2010.