Valerie Bacharach’s writing has appeared or will appear in: Vox Viola, Vox Populi, Whale Road Review, The Blue Mountain Review, EcoTheo Review, Kosmos Quarterly, and Amethyst Review. Her chapbook Ghost-Mother was published by Finishing Line Press in July 2021.
I’m thinking about prayer as I stand in my yard
with all its variations of green,
how the colors change in shade and sun,
how my words feel empty as they rise
from my mouth, leave the world unheard.
Above me, the ginkgo’s branches frame bits of sky.
Clouds move in and out of my vision
as I stare upward.
I want to petition God, conceive a list
of faded memories that dissolve
in the curve of space, the fracture of time.
What lives in the absence of my past?
My prayers are unformed things, cells
not yet attached, a cocoon not yet breached.
Wind chimes ring, amber-colored tones.
Perhaps my yearning will mingle with its notes,
rise with wind, find, somehow,
the mysterious ear of God.