After Manet

I was scolded about
my outfit for church
Make Mama happy –
& Our Lord too! Girl
you wear your finest!
My everyday choice
was far from perfect
& required replacing
with a printed dress
My brothers yanked
at tightened braces –
loosened shirttails &
cussed – Shhh! God!
I will lie under a tree
& reel in my impulse
to throw off my stuff
before God & Mother
Such sin will abide in
my mind – Hush child!

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