A Prayer
for You

It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones;

just pay attention,
then patch a few words together

and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway
into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.

              ~  Mary Oliver 

Marking Time

Earth-shattering events
are the ones that mark time

(or so we think).

What about the whispers we miss,
and spirits so subtle
we don’t even know why we shivered?

~ Mary Tinucci, 2004