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excuses for my shortcomings

by Mainon A Schwartz

and if i do not spend enough time in prayer, then
i wonder why the ceiling does not more often
lead me to speech. i study it often, more
than often, sketching shadows from one corner
to another, tracking the battle between
sunlight and darkness, wondering which
will win in the moment my attention finally
slips.  i have counted the inches on this
minute battleground, i have weighed
the falling plaster. i can tell you the exact
number of trenches that have been dug,
and their length.  so if i do not much consider
what is beyond these walls, or if i cannot
write lines that leave a gasp of beauty
on the page, it is because i am preoccupied
by details.  there is a spider traversing the windowsill,
and i must record its journey.  i do not have time to pray.

04/04/2005

Posted on 04/05/2005
Copyright © 2023 Mainon A Schwartz

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Laura Doom on 04/18/05 at 11:10 PM

thsi is a place I must revisit - when I'm not busy praying :)

Posted by Laura Doom on 04/18/05 at 11:12 PM

(apologies for my smelling - I know it stinks :)

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