Two Poems by Alicia Ostriker

Artwork by Alicia Ostriker, used with permission.

PRAYER

The force that sends light
through the cracks
in everything
needs eyes to see

May it find me
may it find my eyes
enlighten my mind
gladden my days

May the one writing
In the Book of Life
keep writing my name
clearly

and may I finally learn
to read it


THEY USED TO SAY

They used to say
the pot must not complain
about the potter but I disagree
and I say

You there writing
in the Book of Life
send me your
contact information

I know I am only one
of your minor compositions
still I’d like to write you back
tell you my thoughts

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