Morning Prayer

Poetry by | October 31, 2022

You don’t wake up in the morning
and pray
for a beautiful day

You clutch the phone under your pillow,
press your fingerprint
on the tempered screen

Should you feel guilty
for liking a friend’s picture
without muttering a single word of praise

You feel blessed already
with 26 laughs
for sharing a meme

Sometimes you feel sorry
that you watch more reels
than visit a Gospel page

You toggle from app to app
like an expert lover
leaving a Mark in each one

On scrolling up you come across
a post
that says:

“Besides that, they learn to be idlers,
going from house to house,
and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies…”

For several seconds you press your finger
on the screen
and click Save to phone.

Sunshine C. Angcos owns PrintWaves Davao Book Publishing, a small printing and publishing business which caters for self-published writers.

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