church ladies retreat for the weekend

cars and vans yield duffle bags
backpacks, rolling luggage while camp butterflies
flutter the stomach

women’s voices chatter excitement
conference room buzzes
the timbre of worker bees

jammies, slippers for movie time
absentmindedly pop another Miss Vicky’s
absorbed in the chase

tables are a gracious-living centrefold of damask and crystal
a cheery good-morning line meanders
by a muffin-sweet, bacon-rich buffet

our hoots at J.J.’s pink wig and suspenders
titters at Megan’s juiced jigging, self-conscious grins
show we recognize their mimed body myths

Bible words burn, slice
hammered with a woman’s touch, still they ring
the bell of truth

we walk out the sitting tightness, clear the head
in the coolmint breeze
lay back and drift hot-tub legs

angelic worship is all in treble clef
we hold sister hands around the table
chew bread dipped in a common cup

we empty rooms back into duffle bags
backpacks, rolling luggage
hug goodbye beside packed vans and cars

Our church’s ladies  spent the weekend at Harrison Hot Springs Spa and Resort. I tried to capture a few parts of it in the lines above. I’m adding it to the collection of “On, In and Around Monday” writings at Seedlings In Stone

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2 thoughts on “church ladies retreat for the weekend”

  1. Violet,
    In these lines you provide us males with a glimpse into the joy of ‘girl-world’ shared with fun and fellowship in the faith!


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