Even to ask
Prayer is the start of detente,
a tete-a-tete, a turning away
from the cheap, the shoddy;
the opportunist, the scoundrel within,
drawing nearer to the purity of the Source.
But, comes the day, o petitioner,
when any request or suggestion
is a grave faux pas,
an attempted undermining,
a sundering of faith.
Even to ask for virtue or liberation,
even to ask for the sake of others.
Even to ask ... is a violation
of the most delicate, flyweight,
prayerful and paper-thin arrangements
between illusion and Truth,
lover and God;
separating the rare truly faithful
from the scheming, frightened,
O child of God, your intended destination?
You can't get there from here.