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by Patricia Hooper

Hear Patricia Hooper read Prayer (in RealAudio):

RA 28.8, RA 14.4

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Lord, I call to you --
there is someone
I want you to follow home.
The night is cold.
The wet leaves hide the edges
of the dark path. He
is lost. I would
go with him if I could,
put my arms around him,
share my coat. He is
three hundred miles
away. No one else
sees him. Do you
see him, his step hurried
through the black rain?
Or are you
still busy, as you were when,
before he harmed himself
the last time, he was the one
who called?

Patricia Hooper is the author of Other Lives (1984), and The Flowering Trees (1995).

Copyright © 1997 by The Atlantic Monthly Company. All rights reserved.
The Atlantic Monthly; June 1997; Prayer; Volume 279, No. 6; page 97.

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