The Beauty of Prayer

The beauty of prayer
is anywhere,

pewless,
without candle or book
or holy water.

We can pray in a mall
or in the stall
on our way
or off the wall.

Even just the wish
to pray, Thomas Merton says,
is a gift of great grace.

Pray at work,
pray at play.
Thich Nhat Hanh says,
relax.

That’s the way to prayer
like holding a garden hose
full of spright spray
against a wildfire.