Three atheists and a Mormon walk into a café
The Bloody Mary mix is running low and they don’t serve decaf.
We consider the things we must live without.
The lull of morning dissipates as caffeine seeps in
and conversation swells to lift the heavy fog of last evening.
We settle on vegetarian hors d’oeuvres and turn topics, lost
loves, lost sleep, directionless paths and longing for eureka or salvaged salvation.
We realize, we are all black sheep in our own right,
bleating and sheering our wool into soft piles on our laps.
From the discarded wolfishness we spin soft in-between spaces—
shared room, spooled experience, heathered aprons of human nature.
As the lunch rush clanks and rumbles we hardly take notice–
tuned in and pulled close, gathered like a sheaf of lamb’s ear.
We enfold ourselves, unheard and unflustered by the bustling in-and-out crowd,
and culture our crooked necks in the attitude of attentive oblation.
If She does exist, at least one of us is certain She is listening
and can feel the warmth of Her breath as if we all just fell from her womb.
If She doesn’t, knowing the shared breath of our awkward flock is enough
to call truth, and we go on braiding umbilical bonds to each other.
We inherit our ancient feminine divinity,
connected like a cat’s cradle by the woolen threads of grace.