Since today is the National Day of Prayer, I thought I’d share a recent poem from my latest poetry book, My Soul Is From a Different Place.
The poem? It’s called “What Is Prayer?”
Why do I pray to you?
You, who put each hair on my head,
who made my blue eyes
and strong spirit.
Why do I tell you
what you surely must already know.
Why confess the sins you’ve seen,
or tell you about my fears?
Do I beg to you?
Do I ask you
to do something
you weren’t planning on doing?
Is prayer a reminder
for you to fulfill
promises I perceived
Is it silent,
from my thoughts and heart,
sent out with emotion
to the only one who’ll understand?
Or should prayers be shouted?
Glory! Blessings! As loud and long
as we can to make sure that you know
what it is we’re saying.
Prayer is not so you can see me more clearly,
it is how I can see my faults and weaknesses,
and still show my authentic self
Prayer is not how you know what I desire,
but how I can more freely
see the blessings
from this path you’ve led me on.
Prayer lets me step out of
our world of time and space
and into your world, our future home,
when we close our eyes and speak with you.
Prayer is our answer
to the questions we have
before we even know
what we would ask.
© Cherie Burbach, 2014, My Soul Is From a Different Place