(Beir Bua’s Pushcart Nominations 2021)
Sometimes I need to say a prayer
though I’m not the praying kind.
I pray in whispers; my faith is in the air.
I pray for all the rising stars
and the rock of Dunamaise,
I pray for the geranium
in its sacred space,
I pray for rose and primrose
and St John’s wort, they call hypericum.
for the Sun, when it’s going down,
I pray for it and for the birds’ songs,
may they always be around.
I pray for morning’s first light,
I pray for meadowsweet
and pitch-black winter nights,
for the cooing fat woodquest
for wild orchids on the bog,
for the goldfinch in his Sunday best,
for the fox cubs and the shrew.
I pray for all the badgers,
in setts that they renew,
the elder bush, its berries and its flowers,
known to Druid and Shaman
who recognise its powers.
I pray for the swallows, majestic as they glide,
that chirp and chatter, for weeks, while they decide,
to honour us, whose faith is poor,
with their nest, assembled over our front door.
I pray for weeds that gather
in hostile city streets,
for the owls and bats,
the starlings, mice and rats,
in the system that they beat.
For insects of all kinds, red ants
And flying moths,
the ones we’ll never see.
I pray for honey and for pollen,
floating on the breeze.
I pray for bees.
Arthur Broomfield is a poet and short storywriter, Beckett scholar and occasional lecturer from Ballyfin County Laois. He is the author of seven books including three poetry collections The Poetry Reading at Semple Stadium [ Lapwing 2012] Cold Coffee at Emo Court [Revival 2016] The Giants’ Footsteps at the Rock of Dunamaise [Revival 2019] and a study on the works of Samuel Beckett :The Empty Too : language and philosophy in the works of Samuel Beckett [Cambridge Scholars’ Publishing 2014]. He delivers poetry and short story workshops and is available to mentor writing groups or individual writers and to give lectures on the works of Samuel Beckett and on Surrealist poetry. Dr Broomfield holds BA degrees in English and history from NUI Maynooth, an MA degree in English literature [NUI Maynooth] and a Ph.D in English literature from Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick.
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