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Another Kind of Prayer

When injustice tangles the
lifeline of infant hopes,
I awaken to the ordinary
and suddenly leaves
are angelic feathers.
In the vaulted dreamworld
of the midnight sky
doubt is a stranger
I only knew in passing,
and in meadows of clouds
galloping across paradise
the mind and the rainwashed
air are one,
The wind, a living thing now,
I want to know personally;
It's a door to the spirit land
I can almost pass through.
I can't quite touch the secrets
but I can sip unearthly nectar
while touring forests that
smell of feverish activity:
Life is the common thread throughout.

At the bottom of a naive
sky injustice shrinks to
a faintly buzzing pest,
Rage, to a waste of limited strength
in a limited life.
Stopping by the lake that spits
out light in torrents
I wonder if it's wise to pray--
Should I just worship in a better way?
That way I learn from silence,
rather than my own words
which teach me little.
And if He wrote this epic
Of birth and death and mystery in between
then who am I to bark out noise
that muddles its wisdom
or wail about codes I cannot decipher
with cells built only for one life?
I'll stay silent, yes,
and stare and please Him
with my wonder
till the earth

is small again--
a cluster of jewel tones
and souls
sharing the vastness,
so clear from this
point of view.

Patricia Joan Jones

This poem received the Guiding Light Award at The Golden Quill Poetry forum.

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