I Was Never Able to Pray

by Edward Hirsch

Wheel me down to the shore
Where the lighthouse was abandoned
And the moon tolls in the rafters

Let me hear the wind paging through the trees
And see the stars flaring out one by one
Like the forgotten faces of the dead

I was never able to pray
But let me inscribe my name
In the book of waves

Under a dome
Of a sky that never ends
And see my voice sail into the night

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