Six Mercies



an introvert,
not the type…..and yet, 
she is the fuel,

–lord have mercy–

be easy woman, 
don’t force your lover
to guess.

–lord have mercy–

 children  –
they list your failures
double or nothing.

–lord have mercy–

 heart song
a baby triggers spasms
 of forgiveness.

–lord have mercy–

no assaulting strangers,
they are everywhere –
find them where they live.

–lord have mercy–

 so old
her body…. her cage
she begs for peace.

— lord have mercy–


For Sunday Whirl -#150
For Poets United – pantry

23 thoughts on “Six Mercies

  1. Powerful set and I like the format of putting the poems into prayerful petitions. I too linked “cage” with “elderly” in my process with these words.


  2. A very moving piece of writing. I like the prayer/lament repetition. I chose my title in Spanish, which translates to “Pray for him”. Funny, how the words sometimes take us in parallel directions.



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