Inside the Bushiribana Gold Mine Ruins, Aruba. © K. Joseph. Do not use without permission.
A selfie by K. Joseph of K. Joseph as she peers past the portal to another civilization in bygone Aruba. Inside the Bushiribana Gold Mine Ruins © K. Joseph, 2024

Her Serpent Locks Ensnared the Powerful West Wind

June Six Word Photo Story Challenge: “Black & White-Freestyle”

K. Joseph
2 min readJun 11, 2024

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She deserves a little divine attention.

The power of Medusa — it wasn’t about turning people to stone, for me. It was her raw command, the way she was different and strong.

As a little girl, I longed for that.

I’d braid my hair into a tangled mess, pretending it was a writhing crown of snakes.

Over the years, life dictated straight, tamed tresses for corporate America. I felt like a fraud for so many years of wigs and weaves.

Around the time I had my baby boy and found courage in motherhood, I went natural. But it meant braids and twists and stretching into updos with a bun. Still, it was not the picture I saw of my true self.

Then, in my fifties, something shifted again.

Perhaps it was the wisdom that comes with age or the audacity. I started growing it out, letting it coil and twist into Sisterlocks.

Now. It’s finally getting there — that wild Medusa crown I’ve always envisioned for myself.

My hair has a mind, body and soul of its own.

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K. Joseph
Six Word Photo Story Challenge

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