Martha's Prayer


Martha's Prayer


If I be anyone in this life

let me be a messenger

 Martha's Groom by Denise Monaghan /

Martha's Groom by Denise Monaghan /

let me write beauty on the sky

let me write a love letter

so wide and deep and long

that it turns day to night

forcing men and women to look up.


Let me remind of what is great

and what is small

and if my being is not enough,

if my death is the only reminder

of man' power to exhaust life


Let me die; let this love letter

exist in memory, born of experience


note: written during a month's witness with passenger pigeon September 2014. September 1st 2014 was the 100th year anniversary of Martha's death. Martha, the last known living passenger pigeon, was born and raised and died in captivity. Hardly a passenger pigeon at all. And still beautifully alive in her own way. RIP Martha. 

*Passenger's Prayer continues posting poems written as part of the 2014 - 2015 monthly revolving witness at Extinction Witness while I'm editing a six-year collection.

Denise Monaghan's painting 'Martha's Groom' is shared with artist's permission. 

New daily poems resume once the collection goes to the publisher.