Ol’ Black Church Attire
Deaconesses and Mothers of the Church,
Donning pink passion-punch hats with so many feathers,
You would’ve thought they had plucked
A flamingo’s tail this morning,
Look down upon the offering basket
To contribute their tithes and paycheck portions,
And on the young and adolescent women in attendance at service,
Showing their long black legs in low-hanging dresses and skirts.
Though the sanctuary is without air-conditioning
Here in the farmland, a country-fried Summer is no excuse,
To more conservative members of the flock,
To dress like one of Babylon’s harlots...
- for Helene Johnson