Prayer

Lord,
   I give thanks to You for all of this jumble of life, in which
   I am drowning since time immemorial helplessly in dead
                                                                                earnest

   concentrated on an endless search for trifles.

   May You be praised for giving me lowly buttons,
   pins, suspenders, eyeglasses, rivers of ink, always
   hospitable blank sheets of paper, transparent covers,
                                                folders that are patient,
   waiting.

Lord, I give thanks to You for syringes with needles thick
                                                                                and thin as
   a hair, bandages, all sorts of Band-Aids, the humble
                                                                compress, thanks
   for intravenous drips, saline solutions, cannulas and
                                                                                above all
   for sleeping pills with names like Roman nymphs

   which are good because they beg, they recall, they take
                                                                                the place of
   death.