hypothesis on redundancy…

each night
the same prayers
were said
before
meals
and
bed
the child wondered
in his head
whether or not
god
had a hearing problem
and so
like with his grandmother
things needed
to be
repeated
or
whether god
was like
uncle joe
terribly forgetful
needing
to be reminded
daily
of the chores
assigned to him
by grandfather
perhaps
neither
of those
were true
perhaps
god was
an obstinate child
refusing to respond
to requests in prayers
unless
the number of requests
equaled
the critical breaking point
of his parents’ patience
that
breaking point
just before
unwarranted punishment
that
seemed to be
the most logical conclusion
and
indeed
one
he could
identify with

no need…

Photograph by CWMartin

as i went about
my usual errands
i came to an old house
an even older man
was outside
tending to his chores
working to free
a rusty door
moving with a lifetime of pain
the cost of all his years
i called out
would you like some help
oh
no need he said
the good lord
will provide
all my daily breads
as i walked away
i looked to the sky
wondering why
i had been
sent