How to Pray

as if approaching a wild animal, a deer
or a sleeping fox
move quietly.
enter with awe.
bring flowers. compliments, honey, a sweet smell or smoke
dress to call the moon and stars down.
lower yourself in the face of beauty bigger
than you are able to grasp.
forget your name.

open yourself in pure
amazement
praising the billions of beautiful mutations, colored
gases, spirit
rising.
whisper or
sing loud your voice, show some leg.
speak like a strong wind,
or whisper to the spirits as they gather close
to hear your heart,

raise your hands up,
and shake the ground
as lightning can wake the earth.
ring the bells in your heart, sing out
the call to worship.
dance like it’s your chance to vibrate the air,
and wake the gods.
shake every atom, call attention
lure the sky down to earth
and let the tears, your heart,
spill open.

take the 2 year old child that is your mind
to the grandmother of all time
kiss her hand the earth,
her eye of sun, her blood you drink
take off your shoes in her night house.
give up with every cell in your body

Gratitude.

then
in your hands uncurl
your soul’s deepest longings
the song of your heart

and ask like you would
ask a lover
for sweet touch.

open the inner doors
as the hands of the divine
enter.

and don’t forget
please
and thank you.

Sage L. Maurer

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