Catherine Stokes

(Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania)

If Pews Could Talk

If those old pews could only talk
These are the words they most likely would say
I've been kicked, glued with gum, squirmed on
Scratched and walked on by little feet
Watered by innocent babes, a desk for busy tiny hands
Hailed together, when I began to come apart, shaken
Even pushed out of place by shouting saints
Used for a coat rack, even a bed for sleepy children
Although I have experience all these things

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