“Nana’s Hutch” and “Untamed”

In Issue 58 by MD Bier

“Nana’s Hutch” and “Untamed”
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Nana’s Hutch

I loved you since I was a small child. We all did. You went to my aunt first.

Then me. Initially there was a little jealousy. My aunt lavishly gave out other

heirlooms to compensate. My grandfather created a special built-in place ~ a cut

out in the dining room wall. You fit there perfectly. It was harder to see your

scalloped side edges. My aunt’s artwork surrounded you on the front and side

walls. Your curved scalloped top welcomed everyone.

Not that you were ornate. Just the opposite. The smooth wood. Solid.

Not veneer. No high shiny mirrored luster. Original knobs. Dovetail

joinery. Lovely warm wood tones. Cedar, pine perhaps maple. Not

really sure. Somehow cigarettes would sit, burn, and fall from an upper

shelf. The smoke curling up before someone noticed it was burning the

wood. You can see and feel the burns with your fingertips on your wood today.

The two upper shelves each have a groove for plates. Five small

drawers. Spice drawers (I learned). Holding small treasures.

Alabama cotton ... hard candies ... pennies ~ small change for penny candy.

The silverware drawer held the everyday silver. Not the good stuff. That

was protected in a tarnish proof silverware chest which sat on the hutch.

Opening the lower doors reveals an inside shelf or maybe a small hidy giggly child!

Tradition(s) passed down. This treasured treasure I have loved all my life. There is

no cut out in my dining wall. You’re the highlight of any house ... my house. Displaying

small works of art by the kids. Those spice drawers still contain small treasures, trinkets,

and Alabama cotton. The aged patina didn’t match my grandmother’s oak dining table.

Nor does it match mine. It blends, mingles, and creates balance in all our homes.

You’re exceptional character. Simple. Unpretentious. Like my Nana.

Untamed

Your long, strong curly hair

always in revolt of what you want

a small mutiny on top of your head for a strong rebel.

Swinging all over your back as you strongly

stride down the street. Reaching

well past your waist the profuse, waves of spirals

naturally sway restlessly with your hips.

The strong rose vanilla scent wafting

after you with every step. Everyone

wants to caress your curls; strongly tugging them;

tousle your head. All the things you strongly

detest. So annoying ... right???

The strong golden red highlights everyone

would give anything to have.

Growing effortlessly down your back.

The strong pony pulls up from

the roots in a perfectly sloppy bun in three

minutes or less. Something I could

never do! Not good enough for dance class.

That required a flawless ballet bun to match

the pink leo and flouncy tulle skirt.

No curls allowed in class.

Braid your hair and create a strong rope.

Twirl your curls around your fingers; looping

them around making them more unruly and untamed

“Stop it. Don’t touch my hair!”

Those curls that come out of

the top of your head are smooth as silk,

soft as rose petals. I wonder if the

clematis vines and rose climbers

grow as strong as your hair. They are

a tangled, twisted mess becoming

a strong wildly chaotic mass. The curly vines

are strongly tied to the trellis to keep them bound up

"in line" like the unyielding ballet bun. Are the flowers

as fragrant? Certainly, the roses, which is

your middle name.

You all could be Rapunzel

weaving, braiding, threading your tendrils strong

Still untamed

About the Author

MD Bier

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MD Bier's writing reflects her passion for social change and social issues. Being part of the Project Write Now Community is where she writes and studies poetry. She has been published in the New Brunswick Poetry Anthology and the New Brunswick Windows on the World.