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No one to place the potted lilies
in a semicircle, fragrant
trumpets raised
around the pulpit.

The piano’s teeth delicately
still; guitars lean their long necks
into resting stands.

Renee Emerson

Renee Emerson is a homeschooling mom of six, and the author of Keeping Me Still (Winter Goose Publishing, 2014), Threshing Floor (Jacar Press, 2016), and Church Ladies (Fernwood Press, forthcoming 2022). Her poetry has been published in Cumberland River Review, The Windhover, and Poetry South. She adjunct teaches online for Indiana Wesleyan University, and blogs about poetry, grief, and motherhood.