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    It Comes with an Explanation

    by Ngozi Osuagwu, MD | February 13th, 2023

    It Comes with an Explanation

    This past weekend I had a book reading. I ended the reading with the last poem in Sincerely, Your Gynecologist.


    What is wrong with being natural?

    What is wrong with being me?

    I need him to see me as I am, not what I was.

    I do not want to go through the changes to be the person I was not.

    So I took off the weave.

    I stopped wearing a bra.

    I allowed the hair between my legs to grow and grow.

    I did not use the mascara and I did not apply the eyeliner.

    I took off the lashes.

    If he loved me, he would have to love who I really am.

    I stopped coloring my hair

    The fake nails were gone.

    Yes, he would see me for what I am, not what I was.

    I needed to go natural

    I needed to be me.

    I needed to tell the world that I was beautiful as I am and not as I was.

    When I read this poem, it often needs an explanation. This poem is non-judgmental. We are on a journey, and depending on where we are, we might choose to let go of things. With COVID and wearing a mask, I let go of wearing foundation. I have saved a lot of money. Before COVID, you would not catch me outside without foundation on my face. And now, it is not part of my daily routine.

    2 Responses to “It Comes with an Explanation”

    1. Yvette Kelly-Aniagolu says:

      Hi Ngozi!
      I thoroughly enjoyed the entire event! Happy Birthday belated. I got a chance to speak with your MOM! She is truly a dynamo! No wonder you are so resilient!!
      Hugs, admiration and respect to you and your family!

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