Things I Pray About

( just in case it works)

 

Every heart I bumped into

without apology

hasty and prolonged goodbyes

sweet blossoms that give me joy

with extra love to the lilacs.

 

Touches that knew me

the first time

and the last –

waters that love me

until I heal-

 every shade of green  

 and evening skies

painted in colors of desire

 winds that cut to the bone

sending us to fires

where we find ourselves

close to love.

 

Birth cries

departure songs

broken bodies

stubborn love

old stories

empty hearts

indecision

indiscretions,

never mind whose.

 

Family torn and tied

by the ache and brilliance

of those before us

remembered in laughter

for them

 we bring in

memory songs

ascensions and endurance

remorse and forgiveness

found in the love

that reaches us

in spite of ourselves.


Injustice

redemption

rage 

tenderness

reciprocity 

longing

forgiveness

resilience

despair transformed

everything I know and don’t remember

about what is possible-

sometimes as close as the spark

of a lingering gaze-

sometimes as far away

as the comets

streaking by us tonight.

 

Where to pray

how to pray

what to pray

wherever we see ourselves

in forever

it is the molecules and stars

that keep me hopeful

wondering

about everything that matters

in this world.

 

 

 

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