National Poetry Day

In honor of National Poetry Day, we'd like to share a student-written poem, “My Hair,” by Kortney K. Kortney's poem was published in our Young Authors' Book Project anthology, “Adventures Within Another.”

My Hair

I am black with

beautiful hair


I am black with beautiful hair.


They say, “You look like Krusty the Clown.”

Is it because my hair is in a fro?

Is it because I’m black?


They say, “Looks like you got electrocuted.”

They say, “What’s wrong with your hair?”


When I look in the mirror, I look fine.

My hair is fine and beautiful

Just the way it is

It styles itself


You think you hurt me

But u make me stronger


Your words hurt but

U won’t break me


I am black with beautiful hair.