Home / Issue 33 / Museum of Lost Faith

Museum of L

Sabbathday Lake, Maine

By Karen Douglass

their buildings still stand

where celibate Shakers sang

and danced with Jesus

 

children’s rooms, a school

women’s quarters, men’s quarters

built-in extinction

 

the last cowherd sings

hymns to his last four cattle

they may outlive him

 

signs of chastity

girls’ plain white bonnets gone

lost simplicity

 

finest woolen thread

iron needles thin as wire

knitting was a prayer

 

small hands in service

learning to make warm mittens

no hands now to wear them

© 2023 by Name of Site. Proudly created with Wix.com