Prayer in a Time of Fire

I hear your voice in my sweetheart’s lullaby.

Let’s share the moonlight, he sings

in the waltz time melody he wrote for me.

I hear your voice in the notes of his ukulele

and the whir of hummingbird wings,

bamboo fluttering in the breeze

and the silence of the butterfly’s flight.

 

But in these days of smoke and ashes

my ears yearn to hear you in the rain,

falling on leaves and roof,

sliding in rivulets down the windows.

Oh, won’t you pour into the eave-guarding gutters

And gurgle through the downspouts?

 

With chapped lips and a dry throat

I praise you

and raise my rough and calloused hands.

You soothe us now with our own tears,

but I implore you,

sweeten my song with freshwater,

let us fall asleep to your voice in the rainfall.

raindrops in a pool

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Mary Camille Thomas

Mary Camille Thomas is a native of Santa Cruz, California who considers herself lucky to be back after living in Davis, Germany, Los Angeles, Holland, and on the road in a motorhome. She is a librarian by profession, and her poetry has appeared in Sisters Singing: Blessings, Prayers, Art, Songs and Sacred Stories by Women. She is is currently working on a novel called Schatz and a collection of poems of the spirit.

3 thoughts on “Prayer in a Time of Fire”

  1. Oh Thank You, Mary, for this fervent raindance expressed in beautiful poetic language from your pure heart who understands the power of prayer.
    May we hear that sound soon.

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  2. Dear Mary,

    Yes let the rains come. I am so glad you shared this wisdom and sorrow, and hope.Love, Jean

    On Sun, Nov 18, 2018 at 8:32 AM The Kingdom of Enough wrote:

    > Mary Camille Thomas posted: “I hear your voice in my sweetheart’s lullaby. > Let’s share the moonlight, he sings in the waltz time melody he wrote for > me. I hear your voice in the notes of the ukulele and the whir of > hummingbird wings, bamboo fluttering in the breeze ” >

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