Ooh I really love this. I'm really bad at commenting, but I want to say that this is so good.
The braid is a really nice metaphor. I'm guessing this is about trying to hold on to something that was a source of happiness in the past, but now not so much, and so towards the end she realizes that she needs to let it go if she wants to live today freely without anything holding her back.
That's my interpretation. I enjoyed reading it!
You have a gift of giving significance to small, otherwise insignificant moments. I swear I've seen you use the braiding image before? Or am I going insane? Ahah. The last two stanzas are so simple but effective, and I like how you didn't spend stanzas building up this image.