Subtext of a Prayerby Claire Massey
Wouldn’t it be sublime
if Buddhists and Hindus,
Plato and Socrates,
had been right to tout
alternate designs for atonement,
bonus seasons, lifetimes for amending
Who wants an eternity
in some white infinity
from this blue planet?
We pray for redemption by whatever means
the master planner decreed
but what we want
is the easy penance
of Return, another April to flirt
with green eyed spring, court
her tease of sun on skin,
brush of plumpened lips
her loamy breath, the quickening kiss.
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Claire Massey is the Poet Laureate for the Pensacola, Florida branch of National Pen Women. She was a selection editor for the 2019 print edition of The Emerald Coast Review. Among other publications, her work appears or is forthcoming in Persimmon Tree, Panoply, Wilderness House Literary Review, Flights 2020 Magazine and Saw Palm: Journal of Florida Art and Literature.