Small Prayer

By Weldon Kees 1914–1955 Weldon Kees
Change, move, dead clock, that this fresh day
May break with dazzling light to these sick eyes.
Burn, glare, old sun, so long unseen,
That time may find its sound again, and cleanse
Whatever it is that a wound remembers
After the healing ends.


Originally appeared in the October 1947 issue of Poetry magazine.

“Small Prayer” is reprinted from The Collected Poems of Weldon Kees, edited by Donald Justice, by permission of the University of Nebraska Press, © 1962 and 1975 by the University of Nebraska Press, © renewed 2003 by the University of Nebraska Press.

Source: Poetry (February 2012).

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This poem originally appeared in the February 2012 issue of Poetry magazine

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Weldon Kees was born in Beatrice, Nebraska and attended Doane College, the University of Missouri and the University of Nebraska, earning his degree in 1935. In addition to writing, Kees was passionate about painting and throughout his life created many forms of art including experimental films. In 1955 Kees took his sleeping bag and his savings account book and disappeared, leaving his car on the Golden Gate Bridge. It is not . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Sorrow & Grieving, Religion, The Spiritual

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