Mike Finley

Rookie (July 4,1950 / Flint, Michigan)

A Prayer For Resilience - Poem by Mike Finley

As the mountain hungers to be made flat
So I burn for your salvation.

Help me to forgive the airplanes
strafing me on the skyscraper.

The centipedes in the pillowcase
know not what they do.

Spread open my chest with a spring-clamp
And let my heartbeat keep my time.

These trembling hands want work.
These clapping lips want song.

To you I lift a styrofoam cup.
Pile on, dear God, pile on!


Comments about A Prayer For Resilience by Mike Finley

  • (4/30/2006 10:48:00 AM)

    so clever, so brilliantly written and concise at that! i'm envious, for sure. (Report) Reply

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  • (4/30/2006 9:10:00 AM)

    Wow, Mike... I don't know entirely why, but this one speaks to me, not the least being the last line. Write on. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, April 30, 2006

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 16, 2006

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