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Beyond the Rope

From: Appalachian Heritage
Volume 42, Number 2, Spring 2014
pp. 116-117 | 10.1353/aph.2014.0027

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He pressed his face against canvas
ignoring signs marked Do Not Touch,
zooming in, with one bright iris,
on primary colors and shapes.

Shading him from the docent’s view,
I guided his fingers with mine
as he brushed the raised acrylic—
oiled red monochrome of apples,
barn, incongruous sails atop
hand-hewn canoes floating downstream
between log cabins and tall pines.

I described windows of churches—
Holding his fingertips steady,
traced straight lines of rectangled frames,
sketched curves of intricate stained glass,
leaned in close as he discovered
the rendering of wood and stone.

He asked me to read every word
written beside each vivid scene—
to repeat these lines:
                            “She’s a tree
of life to them who can lay hold
upon her”
            wondered why no “she”
appeared in the painted landscape

he could see only when his hands,
held tightly in my own, reached out;
yielded to my pressure; stroked trees,
revealing fruit—his eyes open.

Catherine Pritchard Childress  

Catherine Pritchard Childress lives in East Tennessee where she teaches writing and literature at East Tennessee State University and Northeast State Community College. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in North American Review, Louisiana Literature, Connecticut Review, Still: The Journal, The Cape Rock, Town Creek Poetry, drafthorse, Stoneboat, Kaimana, and Kudzu, and has been anthologized in The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VI: Tennessee.

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Childress, C. P.(2014). Beyond the Rope. Appalachian Heritage 42(2), 116-117. The University of North Carolina Press. Retrieved July 12, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
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PB - The University of North Carolina Press
SN - 1940-5081
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