Herd instinct, deity bound

There’s a distinctive communality in the ways women congregate to prayer. Women also tend to be more tethered to religion and matters of faith.. In fact, in 2016, the Pew Research Center analyzed international census and survey data of 84 countries to discover that women were generally more religious than men although the pattern could vary by religious tradition. For instance, among Muslims and Orthodox Jews, men were more likely to attend worship services. Women, they found, were also more likely to be affiliated with religious organizations, prayed more and said religion was very important in their lives.

This poem was inspired from an earlier time in my life and a time nearer too.

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I pondered always / the need for women that wore alone / the evening mist of snaking village roads / to huddle close around a litany / as they strung their rosaries / in the togetherness of fiery prayers / demanding that God listen to their crocheted voices/ afraid they were, it seemed / of the weak skein of a solitary supplication //

The village priest was afraid / of this strange moan wafting through the plantains / felling vagrant jackfruit to the earth / startling the bats in the empty church / where he could no longer arbitrate their bleeding faith / their feminine hysterics at midlife / the invisibility of their wizened hair / bereft now that their children had flown the nest//

Their prayers were mournful pleadings / while his sermons were sharp admonitions / his protocols rigid / their ritual mechanics, fluid like the gushing river / but in the pews they fell silent / urged to repeat the liturgy / creatures of habit / So the times they could huddle together / they did / like a bunch of wounded bougainvillea / stained red in the afternoon sun //

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I have observed that women gathering in prayer groups within smaller communities place quite the challenge to organized faith and religion.

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Reference~https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/03/22/women-generally-are-more-religious-than-men-but-not-everywhere/