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Prayer
by A. M. Brandt

What rewards the body the body
a soldier / the body a name / a holiness

before sleep. Say you understood / say
nettles say feathers / say holy and mean

ancient / say homeward and mean gone
each shore-light falters / say my apologies

to your salt / oh lord / do not take yourself
to trial there are days / there are signs

in the dirt / whatever was meant
by the road is known only by the road

the mountain chase / the desert chase
the lake all rimmed in millweed

what child, what comes and should
I ask for the match / should I say please

days flame up like oil / please / I may beg
say that word / in my ear say it / so close say it

so I’ll know whatever is given is received.

 

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 21, Issue 4.

A.M. BrandtA. M. Brandt’s work has appeared in The Southern Review, The Sewanee Review, and the National Poetry Review, among many others. A native north-midwesterner, she teaches at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA where she lives with her husband and daughter.

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