Meredith Bunting Debuts

A New Side

I wanted to try something new.

So I parted my hair on the side

one summer Saturday when I was fourteen.

The small act of self-government

was like my first baby step, wobbly, worrisome,

and very courageous. My braids and middle-part

held me back I determined,

so to advance my adolescent adventures

I changed the style of my hair

and borrowed my Mother’s black bathing suit with

36-C cups and a girdle tight fit.

Like woven rubber bands, the suit

squeezed my chubby tummy, cut into my thighs,

and coddled my baby fat breasts.

Ahhh! But my hair looked fine,

and fell past my brow, into my eye.

My confidence grew as the breeze ruffled my curls,

and I brushed the wisps away and sucked in some air.

I waited alone on the warm plushy beach,

my towel clumped beneath my body

held captive in my Mother’s black suit.

Waves crashed and calmed, gulls snacked and napped,

the sun melted west, but

no new attentions came my way.

My matted hair fell damp, my thighs rubbed sand, sweat trickled

between my reddened breasts, and

my caged stomach growled.

I ordered a cheeseburger with mayo at the snack bar,

and a chocolate milkshake to drink.

I pulled the hair away from my eye,

tucked it firmly behind my ear

and on another brave whim,

I refused the French fries,

for I felt quite strong that day

and ready to stick with something new.

Meredith Bunting enjoys writing poetry and personal stories, especially those through which God shines. She also writes devotions for KPC Connect, her church’s website offering people daily inspiration and encouragement. Meredith lives in Chesapeake, Virginia with her two dogs and husband, and is surrounded by three daughters and eight rollicking grandchildren. Writing is how she stays immersed in this, her full cup of joy.


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Pushcart nominee Jeanette Cheezum has been published on several online writing sites and in fifteen Anthology books and four poetry books. Three of these books have made the New York Times Best Sellers list. Awarded The Helium Networks Premium Writer’s Badge, Bronze Creative Writing Award and a Marketplace Writers award. Recently she has published fourteen ebooks at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. You may find a list of some of her work at
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2 Responses to Meredith Bunting Debuts

  1. Jeanette Gallagher says:

    I love Meredith’s poem about typical teenage girls! Brings back memories of those poignant days that most of us can relate to and smile. I borrowed my older sister’s tight fitting bathing suit – (white with golden threads that sparkled in the sunlight)! Then I posed on my beach towel for all to see how good I looked – only problem I was miserable and nobody noticed…

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