The best prayer is small, its eyes closed
In odor it resembles nutmeg
If it can fly at all it’s like the blackbird
going out a few feet then back
to the bulrush.
The trades have prayers: for a roofer
a square of 3-tab means three bundles
weighing 80 pounds each, carried up
the long ladder, one at a time. It’s dirty work.
Mostly you hear the grunts, the huffing
and Jesus Christ.
What does it mean to have a prayer life?
Hard to generalize. Sun. Water. Dirt — all gifts.
(Some people do)
The poor are more disposed to prayer. It’s a train
they want to catch
Lots of bright, comfortable seats
A view toward the blue mountains
The food hot
But it’s not very pretty to see
the prayer up close
the pale face pulled forward
and down. Affliction, the oldest painting,