Prayer of the Heart

Stained glass window of the sacred Heart of Je...
Stained glass window of the sacred Heart of Jesus Christ in the former Mosque (Cathedral) of Cordoba, Spain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Prayer of the Heart

by Michael Bledsoe

You invoke the Divinity

like a man carefully stoking a fire

the cinder is cold

might as well rub two sticks together

and say amen

the Holy is hardly careful

the truth can’t be sold ala carte

others invoke by passion

like burning tires at some intersection

of pain and desire

their shouts and screams

incendiary devices

gas tanks explode and children faint

once the smoke is cleared

the same dirt road, leading into the shanty towns

of heartache and grief


some invoke by curse and profanity

Jesus, they slur

pronouncing an absence

icebergs the size of Delaware

broken from the continent of whole

adrift in a sea of resentment and arrogance

that together smell like a crack pipe left on the curb

they stick the needle of secular materialism

into real arms, real hands, real hearts

they’re cruciform and don’t even know it


I prefer silence to sound

poetry to prose

the copper penny of faith

to the sterling coin of pride

thin pages of scripture

to op-ed sheets

one wounded hand of one wounded Messiah

to the manicured paws of minions

the chant and prayer of a righteous one

to the pontification of t.v.’s talking heads

Lord Jesus Christ

have mercy on me

a sinner.