Vestments of the Unbeliever

First he dons a long alb woven
from one hundred percent skepticism.

Next a sort of sleeveless cape:
the chasuble of doubt.

An atheistic neck pivots the stole
that hangs like twin scarves
celebrating various seasons of mortality.

The same neck (for he has only one
to risk over and over) fills
a short stiff collar buttoned
invisibly in the back.

Thus attired the unbeliever serves
questions and performs answers.
He understands looms
and can explain historically
Jesus’ seamlessness.

About Joanne Lowery

Joanne Lowery’s poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including Birmingham Poetry Review, Eclipse, Smartish Pace, Atlanta Review, and PoetryEast. She lives in Michigan.

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