The Obscenity Prayer

By Mary Karr b. 1955 Mary Karr
Our falter, whose art is Heavy,
Halloween be thy name.
Your kingdom’s numb
your children dumb on earth
moldy bread unleavened.
Give us this day our
wayward dead.
And give us our
asses as we forgive those
who ass against us.
And speed us not
into wimp nation
nor bequiver us
with needles, for thine
is the flimflam and the sour,
and the same fucking
story in leather
for never and ever.
Ah: gin.

NOTES: Read the Q&A with Mary Karr about this poem

Source: Poetry (December 2012).


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Poet Mary Karr b. 1955

POET’S REGION U.S., Southern

Subjects Religion, Faith & Doubt

Poetic Terms Free Verse