Praying in secret,
Giving in secret,
Fasting in secret,
And the Father will see in secret:
The secret spinning of the earth
which depends upon daily to-do lists
and the flow of mail, money, food, water.
The hidden child
forever seeking approval;
intent as lover seeking beloved
to grasp signs of affection, appreciation.
The desert wanderer
in transit, naked and suspended
between homes and lands and tribes,
with only stones to eat.
The quiet breath of one small prayer
before it all falls apart,
the whisper behind my ears that says
"You will fall apart."