Last Prayer

Last prayer

poem by ellen li

When you just want to go to bed

To never see the sun rising

And never awake with a fresh breath.

Tis the day you say your last prayer

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Because you don’t want to stay here no more

You look up to the heavens just to say

The last thing that remains above the blaze of your brain.

You pray to all that has been deemed holy

And sacrifice assortments holding glory

All that people have consecrated

Through the years upon years of trials and toils

Yet you’re still stuck in those damn brambles

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And yet you already know

Your faith in the truth

Is what will wind up condemning you.

That belief in the thing of sacred

Ensures your fear of being below the soil

Where all the spoils of war and the world can stay

And you’ll be there without a choice

And it’s not your strength that allows you to endure

But your cowardice of that place

So that you’re stuck saying your last prayer

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Confined to that box of in-between

And where you will ever remain

With only the lasting whisper of your last prayer

To escape the cracks of in-between.


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