Prayer for the Broken

person shown far away in silhouette against a sky in which the sun has set and the sky is blue yellow and orange
I pray
though my faith in Yahweh, in any god
who can listen, is severely shattered.
 
I pray
most often to a Goddess of settling,
Shekhinah, shy volatile spirit of places.
 
I pray
when in motion:
loping through neighborhoods
 
weeding
and deadheading
not solely in my plot.
 
I pray
in accents foreign to my own ears,
after I talk to my depressed son.
 
I pry
my lips between desire and reprieve, tonguing
phrases that often slip away.
 
I play
endless games in my
head with my head.
 
El malei rakhamim, shokhein bam’romim,
hamtzei menukhah nekhonah al kanfei ha-Shekhinah,
 
I pray
as I am, I learn to greet
others and recreate what faith is.

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