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Prayer for a Field Mouse

April 27th, 2014 · No Comments · Sharp Prayers

Prayer for a Field Mouse by Pat Riviere-Seel

Harvest MouseBless the gray mouse

that found her way

into the recycle bin.

Bless her tiny body,

no bigger than my thumb,

huddled and numb

against the hard side.

Bless her bright eye,

a frightened gleaming

that opened to me

and the nest she made

from shredded paper,

all I could offer.

Bless her last hours

alone under the lamp

with food and water near.

Bless this brief life

I might have ended

had she stayed hidden

inside the insulation.

Bless her body returned

to earth, no more

or less than any creature.

“Prayer for a Field Mouse” by Pat Riviere-Seel from Nothing Below but Air. © Main Street Rag, 2014.

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