What are you supposed to look at…

When singing a song in church and you know the words

where are you supposed to look? At the back of another’s head

bent to follow strange marks across the page and keep time

or up toward heaven (or the dirty ceiling tiles) and wonder

if cleaning is next to godliness. The woman just in front

of me has a hat on – she’s from ‘that’ generation apparently,

a small child to my right stares at the man next to me who

isn’t singing but appears to be reading the hymn book

and just then I catch the pastor’s eye and she’s not singing

no, she’s reviewing her notes before the sermon and

the child starts picking its nose, the hat slips to one side

ahead of me and I decide to look down at my hymn book.

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