Poem as Prayer

Nebuchadnezzar

Every poem
is a prayer,
either in praise
of beauty
and meaning
in the world,
or of questioning
and grief,
a hope for
some small flag
to be raised
and held
against
the terrible
winds
of time.

A third prayer
is uttered
which charades
as a poem:  blasphemous
not because of content
but character,
a golden idol
of self-adulation
crafted
solely so others
might bow.

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4 thoughts on “Poem as Prayer

  1. Do you have a quote from Nebuchadnezzar? I think I remember reading it before, but I can’t remember what it was.

  2. Poetry to me is a nicer way of communicating rather than prose. You can also say a lot of wicked things and get away with it. Too serious and ponderous poetry
    can exacebate the terrible winds of time.

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