Elizabeth Padillo Olesen


Prayer in the Wilderness


It starts as a cry,
a cry in the wilderness
when the water jug is emptied,
a cry to hallucinate images of water in mind
to feed the murdering thirst.

It starts as a scream,
a scream of horror and despair,
like coming to the end of time.
It is a scream in the dark
when the last ray of light
is almost out of sight.

It comes like dance
in the morning when hope
shivers and lingers
Upon the sight of
Someone whom one can trust-
Of Someone bigger and
higher, stronger and mightier-
of one
Who is the Source of Life.
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Submitted: Friday, June 14, 2013
Edited: Friday, June 14, 2013

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  • Kelvin Owusu (6/22/2013 4:26:00 AM)

    a cry to hallucinate images of water in mind to feed the murdering thirst. love this line. an excellent write (Report) Reply

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