“No wait! ”
They must have had kneelers embroidered exquisitely .
Silk threads telling epic stories of saints transformed from sinners.
As she called out their names: Photini, Melania, Eudoxia and Pelagia,
As she rounded up the Marys from Egypt and Mesopotamia
Pausing to highlight the Magdalene,
I wonder if she wondered why she had been misnamed,
Outside this sorority that she so envied.
“But never you mind,”
Her optimism, ever-cheery wins out.
Mothering an emperor
“Was pretty darn good,”for a namesake.
Charlene James- Duguid