Poetry

Prayer for Pentecost

I pray for each good priest who subjugates his will to yours, who lays your feast before me. Savior, still the whirlwinds in their breasts. Steady them for their tests. Lord, hear my prayer. I pray for virtuous men who never knew your grace. Each night I plead again, “Let them behold your face, love them with your elect.” I pray for Anthony Hecht. Lord, hear my prayer. My prayer list for the ill changes as old friends die, as my coevals fill their swelling ranks, and I whom you have spared so long, old as I am, stay strong.…

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