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Blossoming Indigo

From: Appalachian Heritage
Volume 42, Number 2, Spring 2014
p. 115 | 10.1353/aph.2014.0024

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I coveted the Wranglers my brother wore
when we played outside—durable denim
seat impervious to rocks, sticks, glass shards
unearthed when we scooted toward the stream,
worn knees grass-dyed lucent chartreuse,
pockets deep enough to hold his morning finds—
bumboozers, bottlecaps, buckeyes—treasure
I had to secure in the dirty hem of my skirt—
what “ladies” wore to church, to play, to school
where other girls arrived each September
in Lees with pleats and pink pinstripes.
But they’re pink! My rebuttal when my father
defended his edict with Deuteronomy 22:5,
declared jeans are for boys, refused
even my plea to try on one pair, just to see,
to take on each lean leg like I’d watched
my friends do, ease them over calves, knees,
shimmy past thighs, hips, around my waist;
look over my shoulder; discover curves
blossoming indigo; a woman in the glass
reflecting why he always said no.

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.

Copyright © 2014 Berea College
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Catherine Pritchard Childress. "Blossoming Indigo." Appalachian Heritage 42.2 (2014): 115-115. Project MUSE. Web. 12 Jul. 2014. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Childress, C. P.(2014). Blossoming Indigo. Appalachian Heritage 42(2), 115. The University of North Carolina Press. Retrieved July 12, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
Catherine Pritchard Childress. "Blossoming Indigo." Appalachian Heritage 42, no. 2 (2014): 115-115. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed July 12, 2014).
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PB - The University of North Carolina Press
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