Protest signs never scared her.
hid the intentions of hands and faces
hid the places she'd seen them before.
Over-ripened scowls always
besides wives and pastors as young women wept to hospital beds.
Mary couldn't help but search the crowds
Johns who knew their money was being spent there.
standing next to
unknowing wives crying
too loud to hear whimpers of familiarity
of the pillars besides them.
Mary didn't need to hear tales
the stain of blood, the
figuring out which was worse