Say prayer is sex with God – a poem by Matthew E. Henry (MEH)

Say prayer is sex with God

Say prayer is sex with God, biblically
knowing the divine in bedrooms, mid-sized
cars, with backs arched over kitchen tables—
knees bent, eyes closed, fingers entwined or clasped—
often without saying, needing, a word.
with a sweet release of oxytocin
and essence, desires meld like bodies,
two wills become lost in One. a little
death sought in the asking and receiving.
morning, noon, and night, the flesh is willing—
the Holy Spirit craves without ceasing—
the soul-shaking, toe-curling pleasure; this
blessed communion which leaves us gasping
“Amen” again and again and again.


MEH is Matthew E. Henry, a Pushcart nominated poet with works appearing or forthcoming in various publications including The Anglican Theological Review, The Other Journal, Poetry East, Relief Journal, Rock and Sling, andThe Windhover. MEH is an educator who received his MFA from Seattle Pacific University, yet continued to spend money he didn’t have pursuing a MA in theology and a PhD in education.

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