Poem: Lord Hear Our Prayer

Lord hear our prayer,
The drone of the organ in the church,

Lord hear our prayer,
The young Native girl prays,
In her closet,
In her home,
For healing,
She is crying,
For love,
No one can see her,
Hear her,

Lord hear our prayer,
Silent prayers,
Bounce off of walls,
Flicker,
Disintegrate into plaster breaking,
Falling,
Crumbling,
Onto hardwood floors,
Dissolving prayers between the cracks,

Lord hear our prayer,
Recite,
Recite,
Recite,

Lord hear our prayer,
Young Native boy,
Black hair,
Cut,
Combed,
Identity cut,
The patriarchy destroys a sensitive soul,
Who reaches for femininity in his identity,
But he can't be himself fully,
In a patriarchal culture,

Lord hear our prayer,
Inside the church walls,
Injustice,
Equality,
Outside of the church walls,
Inside the church walls,

Lord hear our prayer,
Inside the home,
Crying young girl,
Crying young boy,

Lord hear our prayer,
Paperwork,
Institutions,
Structures,
Deviations,

Our prayers are silenced,
Our prayers are blocked,
Our prayers are ignored.