Alchemy

 

There is the suggestion of a wing

where Pegasus flies the wall,

 

the whitest wing to mediate

matter and air.

 

Oak grows so hard

sometimes her hands hurt.

 

She only makes

one big horse a year now

 

and often cries.

Look into the corner,

 

a unicorn snorts,

his horn of sharpened wood.

Rose Cook

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Prayer

 

Prayer

 

Every day I want to speak with you. And every day something more important

calls for my attention – the drugstore, the beauty products, the luggage

 

I need to buy for the trip.

Even now I can hardly sit here

 

among the falling piles of paper and clothing, the garbage trucks outside

already screeching and banging.

 

The mystics say you are as close as my own breath.

Why do I flee from you?

 

My days and nights pour through me like complaints

and become a story I forgot to tell.

 

Help me. Even as I write these words I am planning

to rise from the chair as soon as I finish this sentence.

 

Marie Howe

from The Kingdom of Ordinary Time (Norton, 2008)