by Tristan Cody
i poked holes into my palms
when it came time to pray.
hoping that maybe some of the holy liquid
into the cathedral floors
and into bones holding up sinners &
saints. i thought
god would understand my sentiment of knowing
departed people and the segments
that drove them mad.
the sundays that stood churchless
in the yard, outside by dad’s
always told me stories of the whale
that swallowed the man that swallowed
his pride that ate his faith
and ended up a new whale with hands
as big as baskets.
to this day he hands out bread
in his fresh-baked book of poems
and waits for me to poke more
tiny holes into my tiny hands.
half-praying a please.
Tristan Cody is the Creative Director of POCKETFIRE and Poetry Editor for the winnow magazine. Poetry published in HARK!, Mad Swirl and more.