The Creamy Lye

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

I found this poem on and thought I would post it on Permed to Natural.

It reminds me of the days when I was getting a perm. I am glad I cured myself from that “creamy crack” addiction and am now on the road to a pure natural head.

Check out the poem below.

Don’t slap

My head

With that

White lye


I know the truth:
It’s creamy crack
(my private addiction,

a six-week fix)

straightening my roots

with the cool press

of sodium hydroxide


It’s a relaxer
leaving me
tense, my head

on fire


melting, melting
under chemical burns, plastering
my scalp with scabs

(my private track marks,

a six-week fix)

shedding and oozing.


Don’t slap
My head
With that

White lye.

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