Thoughts & Prayers

I’ve been thinking a good deal lately about this empty phrase. And then yesterday as San Bernardino unfolded, I saw a good many people were calling Republicans out for T&P as their inactive response towards domestic terrorism.

So this rough draft of a poem:

Thoughts & Prayers


They are

All with you

Every single one

That isn’t occupied

By camera smiles

By come on wiles

All those thoughts & prayers

They are scattered

Among the family

And the friends

They are floating without gravity

The space junk of our eyes

These thoughts & prayers

They float there

Like chlorine flakes

They blow like embers

And unsettled dust

These thoughts

These prayers

They lie in pools

Of our own blood

Gunned and slumped

Offerings to long dead gods

From long dead lands

These thoughts, these prayers

About Margaret Elysia Garcia

Margaret Elysia Garcia is the author of short story ebook collection Sad Girls and Other Stories, and the audiobook Mary of the Chance Encounters, and the co-founder and lead playwright of Las Pachucas, theatrical troupe. She teaches creative writing and theatre in a California state prison.
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