Poem: Cheap Requests

pop-culture-religious
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.

-SPL

Picture 273
My Jesus veladora in action.

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Published by

Shannon Laws

Shannon P. Laws, born in Seattle, Washington, lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest. Author of three poetry books, "Madrona Grove", "Odd Little Things", and "Fallen" and an audiobook of her select mid-life dating satire poems, "You Love Me, Your Love Me Not". For seven years she produced award-winning community radio programs that promoted the PNW music/art community. Shannon's other interests include operating her voice-over company, Chickadee Productions, and Poetry Club. Since 2015 Poetry Club is dedicated to the neighborhood discussion and sharing of poetry.

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