A Prayer to the God Who Fell From Heaven

I’m just gonna leave this here for you…

From “The God who Fell from Heaven” by John Shea
If you had stayed
tightfisted in the sky
and watched us thrash
with all the patience of a pipe smoker,
I would pray like a golden bullet
aimed at your heart.
But the story says you cried
and so heavy was the tear
you fell with it to earth
where like a baritone in a bar
it is never time to go home.
So you move among us
twisting every straight line into Picasso,
stealing kisses from pinched lips,
holding our hand in the dark.
So now when I pray
I sit and turn my mind like a television knob
till you are there with your large, open hands
spreading my life before me
like a Sunday tablecloth
and pulling up a chair for yourself
for by now
the secret is out.
You are home.



So unworthy.
So unworthy.

And yet…
         Exiled with promise
                 of protection
                 of presence
                 of redemption.
         Sent messages of hope
                 from prophets,
                 from angels,
                 from wild men and women.
         Claimed as beloved, despite all the flaws.
So unworthy,
         and yet, so loved.