Musical Ministry

She’s got one note
and more keys than I can handle
variations of faith
unique to each protestation

There’s a cross in her purse
for the vampires
and a mezuzah hung as mistletoe
in her one bedroom

Most blasphemous is the prophet
inked on in that nameless place
and prayed to by her lovers
up to five times a day

She said it felt safe
that as much as she found harbor
here in my arms
there was something missing

It doesn’t make me love her less
but it does make me careful
the effusive hopeful
who can’t yet believe


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