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George Yancy: If the State of the World Makes You Want to Scream, You’re Not Alone

We must face the weight of such social evils and be prepared to also face the ways in which we are complicit with them, especially when we are often indifferent.

April 16, 2022 · Leave a comment

Martha Collins: Blessing

there, and throughout our earth, let us grieve
for the graves we robbed, and then
let us bless the graves of the dead that remain

April 6, 2022 · 4 Comments

Valerie Bacharach: The Synagogue

Someone enters the sanctuary, picks up the chair
thrown by the Rabbi,
places it gently with the others, a straight row
waiting for bodies.

January 27, 2022 · 5 Comments

Sydney Lea: Heterodox

A knows of B
That after grim chemo his hair came back
The doctors reckoned they’d licked his disease

January 13, 2022 · 2 Comments

Jericho Brown: Nativity

Come trouble’s birthday,
I think of every gift people get
They don’t use. Oh, and I
Pray.

December 25, 2021 · 2 Comments

Thomas Merton: Prayer

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.

April 4, 2021 · Leave a comment

Pablo Miguel Martínez: Adiós, o virgen de Guadalupe—

…urge her back
to her celestial jefe. Go back
where you’re safe, chula.

April 3, 2021 · 1 Comment

Jane Varley: The Language of Prayer

She was beautiful on a hilltop
above the Red Lake River where clouds
dashed sunlight and the scent
of cherry and lilac drifted in, drifted out

March 28, 2021 · Leave a comment

Mike James: Trying to Pray

Some nights I dream of hands holding water
Some nights they are a man’s hands
Some nights a woman’s

February 1, 2021 · 2 Comments

Patricia A. Nugent: Swear to God

I’ll strive to focus on what I want rather than what I don’t want by holding the vision of a kinder, gentler leader and nation in my heart.

September 27, 2020 · 5 Comments

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

John Samuel Tieman: Self-portrait with folks in St. Louis

still I recall the rains in the islands
the cold in Mexico and how
I imagined my mother standing
on the porch looking south

February 27, 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 · 4 Comments

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