meanders in grace,
eyes wrinkling into his cheeks,
lips mingling with the divine,
arms reaching heaven.
He hushes sin in a breath,
his hands stained with prayer.
I sit in the back
listening to him prepare.
Silence entwined with names,
Michael . . . Darla . . . Julie.
I wait for mine
feeling it slide through his mouth,
like incense toward God
Philippi, West Virginia, is author of I
Saw God Dancing
(DreamSeeker Books, 2005) the collection
of poetry from which this poem comes
from. Theyll, another
poem in the collection, was read by
Garrison Keiller on Writers
Almanac, October 9, 2007.