I Chose Bald, Because They Didn’t

Pulling into my school

Day One of being bald

I reached for my cap

To cover up.

It’s cold up there

Barren.

Vulnerable.

I reconsider

I chose this path

Proudly

“Brave the Shave”

To raise awareness

And support

And to stand alongside

The courageous kids

Who also walk baldly

But not by choice

Their hair lost

Temporarily

To cancer

Leaving the hat

I stand upright

And walk in proud

Amid smiles

And jaws dropped

And high five

From other bald staff

And students

Who braved the shave

All of them

Beautiful

I’m proud to be bald

Proud to stand with these kids

Proud to declare

In some small way

I’ve got your back

We’re in this thing

Together.

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