molly mcglennen First grade and the nun tells us to sit indian-style in a circle upon a rust scrap of nylon rug-- children dash to find a spot that is not stained drop down playing dead-- then we situate ourselves negotiating space. I try to claim my territory in her blindspot that way I can wiggle all I want to make faces at her safe in my allotment. She bawls at us sit still keep our hands in our laps and pay attention while my mind rides a horse kicking dust: I'm no longer in my plaid green jumper and white pressed shirt no longer in my itchy socks-- my two braids unravel. sail · winter 2007 · vol. 19, no. 4 I think of the day he joined our class when they laughed at his long, thick braid (while I secretly loved it and mine) mocked his name Sol (while I danced in it) and sneered the morning he came to the circle with his hair cut short-- Sister Clairine thought it best he fit in now a citizen of the group Order makes us closer to god. I'm corralled into the present with her shots to
Studies in American Indian Literatures – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Apr 4, 2008
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