Thursday, June 26, 2014

Tere Sievers: "These Things A Prayer"

As a child, I had a patron saint,
St. Theresa of Lisieux, the Little Flower.
the saint of small things:
a washed dish, raked leaves,
clothes hung on the line,
these things a prayer.

Sometimes I remember
that my life is like all others,
the past gone, the present here,
the future, what future?
Sometimes I remember
to look for the present
under the pepper tree.

There I find a green prayer
in the rustle of leaves,
a brown one, as silent bugs
burrow in dry earth,
or white, like the cat,
stretched warm in the sun,
still, on the stone wall.

"These Things A Prayer" by Tere Sievers. Published here by poet submission. © Tere Sievers.

Art credit: St. Theresa of Lisieux as a child by unknown photographer (originally black and white).


1 comment :

  1. She was my favorite saint, too. I discovered her at 16--me a boy and athletic with devotion. She was mischievous, courageous and intense.
    Something came alive in me, reading her life. Something deeper even than my repressed sexuality. It is still there.


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