She wears her Ava Maria pin on the ribbon of her straw hat,
staring down at her fingers, which move quickly along her rosary beads,
Wonder what she is saying to her god?
“Damn the nonbelievers.”
“Heaven awaits only those who believe in her god.”
Wonder if she noticed her Jesus was never clean shaven.
He wore a beard.
He wore robes, that in modern times would be described as dresses,
which would be reason enough for her to nail him to a cross!


Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. JC prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers…a lot. Her column appears regularly in Oddball Magazine.