I Savor The Pain You Cause Me – Prayers

It’s not that I forgot how to pray

But when you’ve lost faith, what’s the point?

What if faith is the least of losses?

Secular prayers

Meditation and Daydreams

Painting and Music and

Fiction and Hollywood and

Sexual Fantasies that somehow stay warm on the coldest nights

And Memories

Memories beyond the imagination of mortals

Memories of a heaven more real and more perfect than

God’s own

Prayers begin:

Hear me, Oh Lord

Or: Our Father who art in heaven

Or: Now I lay me down to sleep

Or: Hail, sweet, beautiful, woman, filled with untrammeled grace

They end the same:


Published by mikepowernyc

Named one of New York's Best Emerging Poets 2019, my poetry chapbook The New Normal was published by Analog Submission Press. My novel The Zoo was published by Cacoethes Publishing House. Other poems and short stories have appeared in various publications, including Subterranean Blue Poetry, The Journal of Microfiction, and Sick Lit Magazine. Other works include a staged reading of my play Digging Up John Barrymore, performed by Dreamcatcher Entertainment, and five albums of original music recorded with my band Late Model Humans.

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