Hoping and praying

Illuminated by hope, prayer chatters
across the garden fence between earth and heaven,
clouding the air with gossipy details…
When hope has set beyond the horizon,
prayer retreats into the house,
slams the door,
draws down the shades, 
unwilling to submit to the
kind solicitations of its blessed neighbour,
preferring to pull up the covers and sleep,
perchance to dream.


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