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The Book of Common Prayer - Sept. 20, 2023

it’s on a staged shelf in our living room

appropriately old looking and dust-

covered with a faded gray cover


I assume it contains instructions

for an average posture

typical bow and the usual

clasped fingers of regular prayer

with everyday words expressing

certain holy needs


though I wonder

would you read a book called

A Normal Murder?

buy a painting called The Customary Sky

or watch a lecture about

“How to be Nothing Special?”


If the goal is to impress God

With a muscular will

And an exceptional vocabulary


Wouldn’t you look for

The Book of Extraordinary Prayer?

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