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James Wright: Trying to Pray

This time, I have left my body behind me, crying
In its dark thorns.

July 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Sarah Gordon: Threshold

You see them there
their arms weary with
holding the guns
withholding their fire
You see them in the light

January 6, 2020 · 1 Comment

Stacy Bannerman: In 2020 Live Your Prayer

We need spiritual warriors willing to do the hard, heartbreaking work of becoming the light; capable of walking through the valley of the death of their old life and finding their way out.

December 31, 2019 · 2 Comments

Karen Friedland: A Prayer for Rough Sleepers

Someone, give us the strength
to survive this particular onslaught
of cell-death and other indignities

December 16, 2019 · 3 Comments

Iman Chahine Sharba: God of Dreams

God passed away empty handed
But with regret
And like a sly boy
Broke with his shoe
the last dry loaf of bread.

November 27, 2019 · 2 Comments

Dawn Potter: A Listener Sends Six Letters to God, in Autumn

Last night, while I was at the piano,
my landlady pounded the butt end of a rusty musket
against my chamber door.
To all appearances, she hates my sonata.

September 21, 2019 · 2 Comments

Ramsha Ashraf: We were the daughters

we were the daughters
of the witches
who could set fire to skeletons

June 17, 2019 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: Our Father who art in flowers

Our Father who art in me
You are the One I love
The One who hurt me
The One who seeks the truth

June 16, 2019 · 5 Comments

Charles Davidson: Let all the Good Samaritans of the Earth Come Forth

Let all the Good Samaritans of the earth come forth in such numbers as to overwhelm the wickedness of the Trump administration with a love of God and neighbor so great that all manner of goodness shall prevail.

May 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Daniel Burston: Prayer for a Dying Planet

 Honestly, sometimes, I envy the dead, Those dearly departed, whose exits, however peaceful or wrenching,  Were always underwritten by the knowledge that  Life endures, and that Hope of Eternal Life  . … Continue reading

March 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

David Huddle: Even Then I knew

for Lisa Fay Coutley Our mother was often desperate because of my brothers and me—once she threw the dish drainer at Charles, slapped the back of Bill’s head so that … Continue reading

August 11, 2018 · 5 Comments

Elizabeth Gargano: Why I Chose to Be My Mother’s Caretaker

Living on Human Time When I tell friends and acquaintances that my eighty-nine-year-old mother will be moving in with my husband and me, I get two kinds of stares. One … Continue reading

August 11, 2018 · 2 Comments

Rosaly DeMaios Roffman: Guided Imagery — With Respect for the Sea’s Language

Yesterday someone said “See grief through God’s eyes” and when I try to do that I rescue the memory of  blue mist an image that draws from shadows:   I … Continue reading

June 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Andrea Hollander: Room to Room

And then I began to muse, the way all of us do who have been let down, betrayed, left to wander room to room, taking a stack of dishtowels from … Continue reading

June 11, 2018 · 1 Comment

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