POETRY: Keith Landrum – My father’s prayer

My father’s prayer

It usually starts
with heavenly father
and then goes
into asking
him to make
the food do all
the things food
will do
on it’s own

like taste
good
and digest
in our guts

I stare
at my shoes
and am reminded
I need
new ones
that will do
all the things
they were designed
to do
as well

like be
durable
comfortable
stylish

and the prayer
continues without
asking for anyone
to be punished
by wealth
or blessed
with poverty
the way our lives
so often
are

like capitalism
or the way
we look at
ourselves
in the mirror

and it usually ends
with the same
simple word

amen

and we let it
be

as if
there were
no other
way

to get
through
this

 

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