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A Prayer

Thick skinned hands peeling like potatoes
If I...
Pull them back
Slowly remove these layers
Of dirty skin
Smelling of earth and rain and sage
I find the sin
The damp unlit room
Covered over by palms tight
Clasped in the middle
Hidden in the folds
Of those hands

Submitted: Thursday, September 06, 2012
Edited: Friday, September 07, 2012


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A challenge from another poet to base a poem around something simple and unpoetic: a potato. The whole poem stemmed from that first line.

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  • Yash Shinde (3/23/2014 11:55:00 PM)

    ...amen, may this beautiful prayer of your cleanse us of all our sins...

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  • Owain Glyn (5/19/2013 2:04:00 PM)

    A clever use of image to reveal an essence we all share.

  • Patricia Grantham (3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM)

    This s a very heart warming poem. I can truly say an Amen! to this piece of work.
    Short but well penned. Thanks.

  • Yuliy Valenko (2/19/2013 9:40:00 AM)

    The poem tends to bend towards the consiousness of the Spirit of grace in you? With the body, old and experienced in a warm life of mercy. Rough but not bitter, even a cooked potato.. haha!

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