Save me, Kindly Light, Perfect Peace,

save me from malefic twerps
in high places, from the plague
that prowls at night, from the scourge
that strikes at the noon of the day.

Save me, Book of Common Prayer,
Saint Helena Psalter, inclusive language,

save me, unprintable epithets,

save me, barmaids of yesteryear.


Save me, rockabilly, punk, post-punk,

Nick Lowe and Marshall Crenshaw,

New Wave and synth-pop,

save me, Smiths, and save me, Cure.

Save me, YouTube litanies,
save me, virtual church,
save me, Seattle church-musicians,
save me, dulcimer and guitar,
save me, Folgers Instant Coffee,
which I shouldn't be drinking at midnight.

Save me, Serenity, Courage and Wisdom,
save me, Feel, Deal, and Heal,

save me, Experience, Strength, and Hope,

save me, Gratitude, save me, Amends,

save me, Eleventh Step.

Save me, elated early draft,
save me, humble revision.

Save me, beatniks and formalists,
Roethke and Oliver, Ginsberg and Cummings,
save me, Dylan Thomas, save me, Uncle Wystan.

Save me, sober woman-friend,
fiftyish and beautiful, in blue jeans
and barefoot, listening to podcasts,

bodying kindness, pulsing radiance.


Save me, autumn leaves,

save me, fluent gibberish,

save me, reckless blossoms of May,

save me, peanut butter sandwiches.

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Written on 2021-06-10 at 10:07

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jim The PoetBay support member heart!
You had me at "malefic twerps".