Prayer is not a thing to get done,

but rather a coming undone —

letting go of all the handholds

we cling to so tightly,

feeling our bodies pull away

from the cliff face we’re scaling.

It is being certain that

uncertainty can’t kill us,

and that getting to the top

is not true victory anyway.

Prayer is coming undone


and together

until all we have are eyes

for the miraculous.


4 thoughts on “Prayer

  1. meredithabe September 20, 2017 / 11:27 pm

    Love this so much. I keep going back to it and reading throughout the day!

    • ingridclaire September 21, 2017 / 11:56 pm

      thank youuuu! i’m so glad that it resonated so much! It’s crazy and magical to me when people read stuff i write and experience it for themselves.

  2. Michael Stalcup (@stalcupojoy) September 21, 2017 / 4:59 am

    Ingrid, I read a lot of poetry these days. This is easily one of my favorites—one I will save and come back to for its beauty and truth. From those first profound lines on through, I love the way you turn phrases in this piece. Thanks for writing and sharing your poetry! 🙂

    • ingridclaire September 21, 2017 / 11:53 pm

      wow, michael thanks for these encouraging words! It’s so amazing for me to hear when something i wrote really resonates with others. i’m little by little, poem by poem finding my voice and beginning to embrace myself as a poet. i really appreciate hearing feedback! You have been good inspiration to me to with such regular creating you’ve been doing!

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