Circular Prayer – a poem by Margo Davis

Circular Prayer 

Her garden survives 
her long black skirts sweeping the paths.
Garden paths widen as she turns through ferns.
The ferns turn, clinging to her skirts, 
nudging sweet peas to meet the bougainvillea 
blooms. The season will fall short. Falling short, 
the sun scolds the garden for its need, water. 

Water will collect if it rains. Rain won’t fill 
buckets if there are no clouds. No clouds today 
so she skirts her bath. Another bath, pointless 
a waste of water. Water, please, she
pleads in prayer, her long black skirts brushing 
bougainvillea petals beneath the sweet peas.
Please. Her garden.  

Recent poems by Margo Davis have appeared in Dead Mule School of Southern Lit, Panoply, Deep South Magazine, The Ekphrastic Review, MockingHeart Review, & Odes and Elegies: Eco-Poetry from the Texas Gulf Coast. A three-time Pushcart nominee, Margo’s forthcoming chapbook with Finishing Line Press is due out late-fall 2021. 

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