The main conflict of the poem is motivated by the woman’s thoughts about the death of Christ. It’s Sunday morning, and a lot of people are in church, and she thinks that maybe she should be there, too. Does she have a duty to make a symbolic journey across the ocean to Palestine, where Christ is buried? Does she need to give up the small pleasures in her life, like her oranges and pet bird, in order to find eternal bliss?
All of the protagonist’s serious thoughts about Christian sacrifice amount to a feeling of guilt that she is not in church.