THE POWER OF PRAYER
Prayer of Contrition
To the One and Only God, who is the Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—we pray for Sister Mary Catherine and Sister Mary Margaret, sledding over the clear blue water in the fish bowl (You can’t miss them) on two sharp runners, long black habits, coifs, wimples and veils be damned, having the most fun they have ever had (oh God, forgive them their sins, they are heartily sorry for offending Thee).
Prayer of Petition
To the One and Only God, who is the Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—we pray for Sister Mary Catherine and Sister Mary Margaret who, like hands in prayer, sit tightly together, Sister Mary Catherine the pilot, Sister Mary Margaret, clutching her tunic from behind. Forgive Sister Mary Catherine, her toothy grin, the kind found on a sinner riding the roller coaster of life, stomach in mouth, ready to take the plunge. Forgive Sister Mary Margaret, beatific copilot, struggling to understand her true feelings, her photochromatic lenses buttressing the glare of this sinful day.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
To the One and Only God, who is the Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—we pray for the octopus looking heavenward, his slit-eye widely tracking the portentous shadow above. As You know, having created him, his species is some 296 million years old—far older than the black and white religion of Sister Mary Catherine and Sister Mary Margaret by some two hundred ninety-five million nine hundred ninety-eight thousand years. His heart is a trinity, his blood, true blue. He is lonely. Father, forgive this shy creature his cardinal sins, his inconsolable desires.
Collage by Laura Orem; flash by DS Levy
Laura Orem is the author of Castrata: A Conversation and Resurrection Biology, is a featured blogger at the Best American Poetry, and is an artist. DS Levy is the author of A Binary Heart and has published short fiction in many journals. Both Orem and Levy attended the Bennington Writing Seminars.