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CHURCH BUILDING MORNING

On the downside
of metal handrails
raindrops dangle
like criminals on gallows
awaiting gravity’s executioner
signal to drop.

Ridge of the roof
pigeons stare down
like old-world ancestors
in black and white photos
scowling legacies
each generation glances
away from even when
feathers and bird droppings
cling to soles.

Like pigeons parishioners
flock into pews
awaiting reverend’s sermon
to drop on knees for forgiveness
and to rise like fog from ground level.

        Diane Webster