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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

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