The small country church stands empty,

its worshipers having taken their voices

and money elsewhere, allowing the growing

congregation of field mice to worship in

peace on any day they choose.




Mary Ellen Shaughan is a native Iowan who now lives in Western Massachusetts. Her poetry has appeared in PeregrineFoliate Oak, Long Story Short, Iowa Writes, A&U: America’s AIDS Magazine, Aleola, and 2River View.