She knows me so well…

“Long hair is considered bohemian, which may be why I grew it, but I keep it long because I love the way it feels, part cloak, part fan, part mane, part security blanket.”

– Marge Piercy


She knows me so well…


She knows my hair

Knows me so well

The muddy colored tresses

Cloaks my fears

Hiding my shame

Soaking up

Tears and shields me

From un-approving stares

These locks cool me

As the wind blows her higher

In the past

Yanked, pulled

Cut against her will

or imprisoned in clips, bands

Tossing my head – exposing my face

The only sense of freedom

My only sense of glory

Imagined myself safe

Enveloped in her embrace


Raising the flag of defiance

I set her free




Author: Léa

A wanderer who has found home and herself in the South of France.

14 thoughts on “She knows me so well…”

  1. I love this quote! And I love this poem!

    I used to have long hair but decided to have it cut short a few years ago and everyone said I looked 5 years younger so I kept it short! Lol

    My daughter did the tning you hear about where a female cuts her hair short after the end of a relationship. She regretted it straightaway and has had it long ever since! Lol it suits her much better long. I dont think it would suit me anymore 🙂


    Christine xx

    1. Hi Christine, I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. I actually got to meet Maya when she lectured at the university in Sacramento years ago.

      Until my friend cut it yesterday, my hair was at my waist. Now it is just below the shoulders. She always cuts off more than I like. Fortunately it grows back quickly and the price is right. 🙂




      1. The longer the better for me. However, with the winter fast approaching and this is cooler than southern California, I did consent to having a friend take a bit off… Naturally, she takes it much shorter than I am comfortable with. Her background was owning a beauty shoppe in England. Fortunately, my hair does grow very fast. For the colder months, I will be able to dry it faster and then it will be all over me again. 🙂


  2. i never had really long hair but a few years ago cut it really short and it was ok for a while..but as you is so much more than just hair…there was this day that i thought i need my curls at the moment they’re growing again..a bit..smiles

    1. Absolutely! Hair is more of our identity than we even care to think about. Thank you! Have you recovered from your journey?

  3. You’d never think that hair could be such a source of philosophical inspiration. One of my favourites is how men go bald, but then start growing hair in their nose instead. Since getting my hair cut last week, I’ve ordered contact lenses and noticed a lot more wrinkles in my face. Need a stronger moisturizer. My skin is very dehydrated atm.
    I enjoyed your poem by the way and how she cuts her hair off at the end as a mark of freedom. Well done.Could really relate to that.
    Best wishes,

      1. Interesting point there. I don’t usually notice hair all that much, and certainly haven’t used it to describe a character. Think I need to brush up on my lingo. Could be quite useful xx Ro

      2. I don’t think you’re noticing the hair too much, because as a therapist, you’re looking for clues and signals, needing to read your client like a book. When I was about 15, I radically changed my hair. It was about 1985 and I chopped it into a bob with an undercut at the back and got a perm. My one and only perm. A friend of my mum’s was a teacher at the school and she told my mum to watch out. That a change of hairstyle was always a warning sign with teens…and the rest of us. She was on the money. I had a flatmate who was changing her hair colour every second week from orange to purple and I think she had some kind of meltdown. She broke into my parents’ beach house and that was it.
        I am an empath as well but don’t always pick up on external clues and get more of a vibe. xx Ro

      3. Yes. I understand what you are saying. What I was trying to say, poorly, is that even a subtle change in something like the hair can signal other changes. xx L

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