Praying Never Got Me Anywhere

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic
Please note, that I am not in anyway trying to offend those of you who are religious.

Submitted: April 17, 2014

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they said that prayer would get the devil
out and sent black tides  to cleanse me,
they threw me to pews still coughing up salt
water with crosses stitched
into my palms and rosaries so tight against
my throat they were nooses, i
remember standing in the shower thinking
maybe i wasn’t praying loud enough for
you to hear, maybe they didn’t know
your native tongue so i taught myself to say save me
in eight different languages and for
the first time i stopped believing in you,
stopped skinning my knees thinking
just maybe you’d listen and wandered out of
church doors and rosary shackles, i
fell right out of my skin and down rabbit
holes
but

i forgive you Father, i forgive you your
sins.

 


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