prayer for shadows

words fall
like hot wax
on skin

oh, God,
teach us to be kind

teach us to be kind
to the grass under our feet

teach us to be kind
to the shadows
dragging behind us

the half-blind woman
stops the other half-blind woman
tells her
about those bad numbers
creeping under her door
about how they besiege
her place
and grin from the shelves
how they snigger
behind her back –

the other woman
nods sympathetically
takes bread crumbs
out of her pocket
feeds imaginary pigeons

oh God
be good

be good to recycled angels
and to homeless warriors

be good to what is left of the day
and to the darkness to come

© Aprilia Zank


The focus of "The BeZine," a publication of The Bardo Group Beguines, is on sacred space (common ground) as it is expressed through the arts. Our work covers a range of topics: spirituality, life, death, personal experience, culture, current events, history, art, and photography and film. We share work here that is representative of universal human values however differently they might be expressed in our varied religions and cultures. We feel that our art and our Internet-facilitated social connection offer a means to see one another in our simple humanity, as brothers and sisters, and not as “other.” This is a space where we hope you’ll delight in learning how much you have in common with “other” peoples. We hope that your visits here will help you to love (respect) not fear. For more see our Info/Mission Statement Page.

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