Poem: Cheap Requests


Celebrity prayer candles

The catholic prayers of my father rise with

Smoke from a veladora wick

Sanctuary Series

Assorted Saints only $19.99


Repeating parts that turn

In a truck engine hum idle outside

It is not the wind

Not the ocean

Not the rain

As murmurs groan request

Sets me in a day dream.

An atom beat the seconds long

before my creation.


A prayer is

an oscillating motion, close to clever.

Monks and Sisters repeat a rhythm played

on plastic rosary chimed by fingernails.

Movement marked by the regulated

succession of strong or weak of faith—

to void—Sung prayers paid to jump-start

the interest of a saint.


Offered to You

My ghostly priest

I hold a secret:

When no one is looking

I keep right.


Picture 273

My Jesus veladora in action.



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