Let Us Pray
let us pray: bow your heads:
my head is over my knees: metallic air: rust: dust: blood:
mother left in april: for san antonio: hail mary: hail rains:
i am double buckled in the backseat: of a truck: inches away from being swept: into a flood: this town will later remember as: fierce:
I used to live in the Cowboy Capital of the World: wake up with ladybugs all over the pillow:
our grief: our downpour: stickers in our bare feet:
ford escape escapees:
grandma sends me a chain email about loving god: how reading the bible makes satan sick to his stomach:
we float to the end of the river and hot asphalt burns our feet until they swell and blister:
there is no other way back:
there is no other way:
to return to the mouth:
reb (she/they) is not a girl but is a horse girl. their heart is on fire!
This poem is from South Broadway Press’ new anthology,
Dwell: Poems About Home. Purchase here.