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Mesquite Bend: Molly


The Ladies’ Tea Club

 

Tuesdays, half past two,
the ladies of Cornerstone Baptist sit
in formation to a pattern as old
as Miss Thelma, the 92-year-old founder
of this gathering of faded teacups, lace doilies,
and the stretchy jeans and gym suits of women
with laundry drying on the clothesline and supper
dangling like a loose participle in the back of their minds.

Only Molly Nunnelley, eldest daughter of the Reverend who has served
this congregation for four, long decades, shows Miss Thelma
her full due, the young Molly’s hair always coiffed just so,
her full frame forced into a fashionable dress
made perfect for a woman half Molly’s size.

Roberta Long, confirmed coffee drinker,
mocks the Earl Grey swirling with cream,
her tall mug of Arabica wafting circles
towards Molly’s lavender-scented kerchief,
Molly’s only link to a reality
where a handsome bachelor once
held hands as they strolled
down the dusty path near Hurley’s cotton patch.

Roberta knows those hands better than Molly now,
fifteen years later.  Thin Roberta with her
curvy hips and Miss Thelma’s happy smile.
The Tea Club loves Roberta, who mocks
them all with more than her coffee cup.

If only one of them would notice
Molly’s neatly trimmed nails
and sling back heels.  If only her days
were more than Tea Clubs and steamy novels
stashed away from Reverend Nunnelley’s watchful eyes,
the only pleasures of a grown woman
still sleeping on her childhood bed.

Ramona Levacy
April 2, 2015

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I am a 40-something Texan with a feisty cat and a supportive husband of 20 years. With a Master's degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing, I have taught creative writing at Texas Tech, won awards for my writing and been blessed to be mentored by Horn Professor and poet Dr. Walt McDonald. I earn a living by helping my husband's family run a health food store, but my avocation is writing. I hope you enjoy reading about some of my triumphs and tragedies as I continue to work on figuring out what life is all about and on growing my ability to share my writing. May your own journey be a blessed one.

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