Prayer for Rooms We're Forbidden to Enter
By Jackie Craven
may this day that paces the linoleum hall find you blinds raised shadows folded on a closet shelf may you embrace the hissing air forgive the ventilator and infusion pump may your walls slip from your shoulders to reveal other rooms rooms you almost— and in your forgetfulness may you leave every door ajar
Jackie Craven has poems published in AGNI, Beloit Poetry Journal, New Ohio Review, Pleiades, Ploughshares, SWWIM Every Day, and other journals and anthologies. She's the author of Secret Formulas & Techniques of the Masters (Brick Road) and two chapbooks, Cyborg Sister (Headmistress Press) and Our Lives Became Unmanageable (Omnidawn). Find her in Schenectady, NY; Cocoa Beach, FL; and online at JackieCraven.com.
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