Two teenage girls sit side by side.
Behind them, an older woman,
Hands age-spotted and wrinkled,
Slowly smoothes the long soft hair of one girl.
Long-fingered slow caresses.
The girl rests her head on her friend’s sweatered shoulder.
The older woman strokes the finely intertwined hair.
Soon she has braided the strands of the girls’ hair
Wrapped around and around, in and out, tightly fitted.
All in the brightly-lit, hardwood-pewed, stone-walled chapel.