The Supplicant

  prays for birds
before an ancient icon-­
     a stray cat.

The inbred need
      to pray
is what makes God
      necessary,

and not, she says,
  the other way 
       around;
  beyond that

  it's all mystery,
 so don't question
why Man creates gods
       that demand

         sacrifice,
condemning mortals
to spend their lives
   trying to praise

godhead into mercy.
     Better instead
   to ask the frog 
   to bless the fly,

and, once the cheese
    is in the trap,
  to beg forgiveness
     from the rat.

 

Appeared in Poetry