no our fathers

hail marys

simply simple

pleas ,

for as i grow


of mind and bones

give me

a strength of soul

above all

and lest

i fall

for a moment

guide me towards

a shoulder

to rest

simple pleas

sincerely ,

all that i am

now and then

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nan shartel June 22, 2012 @ 11:15 p.m.

what a kick ass prayer RZ...may i borrow it sometime!!


Ruth Newell June 23, 2012 @ 10:35 a.m.

One of these days, you are going to win the monthly blog contest for one of your poems depicting the streets of San Diego--it will happen now that fiction won, I have no doubt. Just keep writing and posting and bust us through that wall. Your last few poems have changed (in voice?) yet again. Think Nan mentioned it a few posts ago...just an awesome unfolding it's been, reading you over this past year. Seriously. Its been quite inspiring and --an honor really--to witness. So thanks for sharing your writing and yourself with us here on the poetry blog at the Reader--when you could just as easily chose to grace some other publication. You and the other creative writers here make the Reader a better place--in my opinion.


nan shartel June 23, 2012 @ 2:32 p.m.

she's long winded but she right RZ...u have a very special San Diego voice and i can't wait 4 a poem to win!!!


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