a prayer

a prayer
may be

a ritual

but a ritual’s always
a prayer

I love
my rituals
the ten glasses
of water a day

as though it were prescribed
in a darkened room
in the Orient
among heaps of dried
herbs, and animal
parts in jars

love the idea
the ten glasses
instills in me
I’ll be
more limber, eat less, happier;
more, in fact, successful
in everything
I do

I cry out
with the father of the boy
possessed, in Matthew: Lord
I believe; help
thou mine un-
belief

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About nosuchthingasastraightline

I grew up in tiny Lyme, New Hampshire, where I drew, roamed the surrounding woods, and first entertained the idea of God while listening to my mom's Beatles records. I studied biology at Harvard University where I wrote for The Harvard Lampoon and also began writing poetry. I have since made a living variously as a comedy screenwriter, teacher, and private tutor in math, science and writing. I’ve released three CDs of original music as the singer-songwriter and guitar player for Crooked Roads (listen to latest tracks here: https://soundcloud.com/crooked-roads). My poetry writing has been inspired by Rumi, Billy Collins, William Carlos Williams, e.e. cummings, Antonio Machado, Federico Garcia Lorca, and others. My two books of poetry, "The Morning I Married the Sky," and “Free this Morning” are both available on Amazon.
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