Sunday, October 27, 2013

The words


She sits in a pew
staring forward hearing
the words mouthing
the words of the hymns
the words of the prayers
and nothing is happening
nothing sharp and cutting
nothing slicing through
the husk she envelops
herself in while
the words strike then
fall away, raindrops
scattering to her feet
puddling beneath her feet

When the raindrops cease
she stands shaking hands
murmuring and nodding
acknowledgement that
she has been here this day
somewhere this day
to be absorbed
into the heresy
of misunderstood piety
enclosed in her cocoon
she walks to the street
unaware, unwashed


Photograph by Petr Kratochvil via Public Domain Pictures. Used with permission.

2 comments:

Jerry said...

raindrops
scattering to her feet
puddling beneath her feet

Some excellent images here. Human connection is so important in the body of Christ. Loved this.

nance.mdr said...

pew
late 14c., "raised,
enclosed
seat for certain worshippers"


(ladies, important men, etc.),

from Old French puie, puy "balcony, elevation," from Latin podia, plural of podium "elevated place," also "balcony in a Roman theater" (see podium).