Small Prayer

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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