A Countdown in Poems to the Irish Arts Center PoetryFest

Poem #11: Dear God, by Alicia Ostriker

November 3, 2015  By Literary Hub

For the next two days Literary Hub will help in counting down the days until the seventh-annual Irish Arts Center PoetryFest begins by publishing a poem, as selected by festival co-curator Belinda McKeon. 


Dear God, by Alicia Ostriker


It used to be

I would fall to the floor and press my forehead to it

in moments of despair


I would say help me

help me


but listen

I am ok

though I just now found myself pressing my forehead

to the carpet of my stairs


about the waters in the flooded cities

poisoned by oil spills, chemicals, the dead

about the survivors forever traumatized

dear god

I am alive I am alive

help them


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