Prayer

Praying

It doesn’t have to be the blue iris,
it could be weeds in a vacant lot,
or a few small stones;
just pay attention,
then patch a few words together.
Don’t try to make them elaborate,
this isn’t a contest
but a doorway into thanks,
and a silence
in which another voice may speak.

Mary Oliver, Thirst, Boston: Beacon Press, 2006.

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