Hi I'm here at work and found this poem in my email box.
Just wanted to share:

>Here is a poem of a yahoo group owner that I believe all of us who
trip off
>being relaxed,natural,inbetween or what not definetly need to read and
>remeber
>because its beautiful.
>
>We cant add, subtract or mulitply the hairs on our head, yet we let it
>divide us
>
>
>To my natural sistah's (from your relaxed sistah)
>
>So, you think im tryin to conform? when for all ive ever known is
>this to be the norm. you say im trying to be something that im not,
when
>my
>hair will never make who i am whether it's straight, kinky, or bought
,
>you
>cut your eyes at me ova my 'do when you were once in the very same
shoes.
>so
>i
>apply this creamy stuff to make my hair straight, but you act is if
your
>kinks gave you a pass through heaven's gate? why do you put me up
under
>this
>kind of pressure? and act as though because you now have naps you are
now
>up
>to measure? you say you are so enlightened, but it seems to me as
though
>you just might be somewhat frightened. are you scared you will face
the
>temptation to straighten out the kinks again? do you project that fear
unto
>me
>distorted and full of disdain? i wish i could show you that just
because
>my
>hair is straight doesnt mean i cant relate to your pain. you say my
>ignorance
>runs deep, as though just because my hair is straight i must have no
>sense,
>my sistah have you forgotten when you were on this side of the fence?
you
>look
>your nose down on me now that you have naps growing freely from your
head,
>when really you should be concerned about the kinks in your heart
instead.
>
>To my relaxed sistah's (from your natural sistah)
>
>So you say you can relate to my pain? no i dont think you can, not
>till you have worn an all natural mane. you see, there is no pain
like
>this,
>when your very own people ignorantly diss what our hair really is.
yes i
>feel
>enlightened and free to be me, and yes , maybe i am a little
>frightened of what my nappy experience will be. you see, i feel the
>pressure
>every single day , to once again make my hair lay down, i just dont
want to
>give in and lose this freedom that i have found. no my naps wont give
me
>ticket
>through heavens gate, but i have a new love for what God made me
instead
>of
>living with self hate. I no longer damage and abuse the hair God gave
me
>just
>to fit in, im no longer in bondage to white people's greatest sin.
The
>promotion of self hate within us to oppress and degrade us, as though
>we are not acceptable the way the creator made us. I may come off as
though
>i
>think im better than you, but my sistah that is so not true, it's
about
>so
>much more than just your 'do. Maybe i dont say it right, but really we
are
>all in the same fight and all i want is to share my insight. your
acting as
>though your so righteous because you feel slighted, maybe you as well
are
>somewhat frightened. Why do my naps cause you distress? when you have
the
>same thing coming from your head under that chemical mess? you fit in
with
>those you choose cause your hair looks like theirs, and turn your back
on
>me
>when im your real reflection, you can straighten your naps all you
want to,
>but its the kinks in your heart that need inspection.
>
>
>To all sistah's (from God)
>
>I count the hairs on all of my children's heads. My word does not say
>"I count the hair on a relaxed head" nor does my word say " I only
>count the hairs of a natural head" It is I that count the hair on my
>children's heads. Do not make it your job to count the hair on your
>sister's head! It
>is I that count them and it is I that formed them! YOU CANNOT ADD
THEM, NOR
>SUBTRACT THEM, NOR MULTIPLY THEM , BUT YOU LET THEM DIVIDE YOU! i
desire
>the
>peace, happiness and joy in the hearts of all my children and this
strife
>amongst
>you saddens me greatly. for it is my purpose for you to unite and walk
in
>love notdivision. I say unto you before you check your hair in the
mirror
>to see
>whether it is perfectly straight or perfectly natural , i tell you to
to
>check to see if your heart is perfectly straight AND natural before me
>first. and
>before you look at the condtion and state of the hair of your sister,
I
>tell
>you to look at the condtion and state of your own heart first. for the
hair
>on
>on your head and the head of you sister's is but a small matter in my
>sight.
>
>Do not bother to straighten your hair to fit into this world or to be
>accepted by it , while your heart is not straightened out and you dont
>accept
>your very own sister in love...I say to you , you will surely then not
fit
>in
>with me, nor shall you be accepted by me, nor fullfill my purpose for
you.
>what you call the path of least resistance, i call the path of fools,
when
>you
>resist walking in love for others.
>
>Do not bother to wear your hair natural and untainted with chemicals
>as you have said in your heart "to be as i made you" and not walk in
love
>towards your very own sister , then i say to you, it is then that
your
>heart
>shall surely be tainted in my sight, and you will then surely not "be
as i
>made you" what you call the path of enlightenment i call the path of
>darkness, if you are not enlightened enough to walk in love for
others.
>
>I know the pain of all of your hearts and i know all the tears shed by
>all of my children and all the pain inflicted on you and the division
that
>has been caused amongst you, surely i say unto you those people will
be
>held
>accoutable for every action and deed before me. but you will not be
>able to come before me and say "Lord but my sister did not love me due
to
>the
>chemical or lack of a chemical in my hair, and Lord this is why did
not
>walk
>in love towards her in return" for i tell you she will be held
accountable
>for
>herself and you will have your own accountability unto me.