Supplication

O poetry, visit this house often,
imbue my life with success,
leave me not alone,
give me a wife and home.
 
Take this curse off
of early death and drugs,
make me a friend among peers,
lend me love, and timeliness.
 
Return me to the men who teach
and above all, cure the
hurts of wanting the impossible
through this suspended vacuum.
 
1969

John Wieners, "Supplication" from Selected Poems, 1958-1984, published by Black Sparrow Books. Copyright © 1986 by John Wieners.  Reprinted by permission of the John Wieners Literary Trust.
Source: Selected Poems, 1958-1984 (Black Sparrow Books, 1986)
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