Prayer from a 1952 Chevy Suburban
by Justin Hunt

for Ash and Reid

O Breath, hold
us in this moment—
in the whirr and grind
of this old truck’s gears,
her straight-six growl,
the myrrh of gasoline,
oil and soiled seats.

Make forever ours
the rumble and jolt
of broken blacktop,
the crackle and flutter
of grasshoppers
from slough-side weeds,
the sway of sunflowers
in the swollen ditch,
August in its burn.

O Breath, keep us always
to this straight road,
where time, once,
was as boundless
as these Kansas plains—
and we hauled fertilizer
in fifty-pound bags
from a boxcar in Milton,
took our measure
in sweat and knew not
the wrath of age.

Amen.

 

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 23, Issue 2.

Justin HuntJustin Hunt grew up in rural Kansas and lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. His work appears or is forthcoming in Five Points, Michigan Quarterly Review, New Ohio Review, The Florida Review, Bellingham Review, Southword (Ireland), The Strokestown Poetry Anthology (Ireland), The Bridport Prize Anthology (U.K.), Arts & Letters, The Atlanta Review, and Spoon River Poetry Review, among other journals and publications. He is currently working on a debut collection.

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