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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Shannon Laws

Like my writing? Want to hear me read my poetry? Of course, you do. Please visit https://chickadeeproductions.bandcamp.com/releases and download some today. Only $1.00 a poem! Shannon Laws is a Pacific Northwest poet, voice-over talent, producer, and community coordinator. She is the author of four poetry books, the most recent “Fallen” published by Independent Writer’s Studio Press. Shannon has received two Mayor’s Arts Awards and the Community Champion Award. She makes her home in Bellingham, Washington, USA.

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