how do you shape a prayer?
show me what grasps my finger,
newborne ripe, unwavering.
show me a broken finger, now healed.
show me where you sleep.
will I see a beginning or end of a universe?
show me a needle and thread.
show me a basket you made by hand.
show me coincidence.
show me reasons why.
show me the bottom of your shoe.
show me counting to ten. fingers or toes?
show me a golden thread.
show me your feet when you first awake.
show me bare roots. waiting rain.
show me the palm of your hand.
show me where thoughts germinate.
show me a broken wing. does it still write
words inside our sky?
make me a painting that sees my face.
show me an ocean made of plums.
show me syllables, spoken words in a bowl,
one perfect sentence. listening.
show me that.
pine tree needle basket and stone arrowheads, made and found by Virginia, my mother, close to home when she was young.