"Monkey" by Nico Mazza

"Monkey" by Nico Mazza

I was born with hair on my ears.

When I was a toddler I would cry out to my mom because I got my fingers stuck in my curly hair.

At 13 I wanted to shave my legs. My grandmother wouldn’t let me because I was too young, and to have bare legs was too sexual.

In middle school, this boy I liked called me a monkey and then I wore long sleeve shirts for the rest of 8th grade.

One day I decided that I liked my black little hairs- they were me.

I didn’t have to brush my hair.

I didn’t have to shave.

And those who didn’t like it could fuck off.

I didn’t give a fuck.

Submitted by Anonymous, Edited by Arianne Keegan