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The Supplicant


prays for birds
before an ancient iconó
a stray cat.

The inbred need
to pray
is what makes God
necessary,

and not, she says,
the other way
around;
beyond that

it's all mystery,
so don't question
why Man creates gods
that demand

sacrifice,
condemning mortals
to spend their lives
trying to praise

godhead into mercy.
Better instead
to ask the frog
to bless the fly,

and, once the cheese
is in the trap,
to beg forgiveness
from the rat.

Stuart Dybek

Poetry

June 2012


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