A few poems on prayer: #3. “Petition” by Franz Wright

by Kim on September 19, 2010

Kneeling
at the foot of the universe

I ask

from this body
in confusion

and pain (a condition

which You
may recall)

Clothed now in light
clothed in abyss, at the prow
of the desert
killed
into everywhereness -

have mercy

Mercy on us all

Franz Wright, God’s Silence (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006), p. 65.

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1

Tim Chesterton 09.19.10 at 8:16 pm

That’s the best one so far, Kim.

2

Pam 09.19.10 at 10:05 pm

“have mercy

Mercy on us all”

He does. I pray we

“have mercy

Mercy on each other”

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