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Prayers to St. Jude

Added on by D.S. Hooker.

to my mother, Elizabeth M. Hooker

“We’re gonna die in this house, we might as well enjoy it while we can,”
father said to you during supper one evening
as you both discussed remodeling plans.
You gave no response, though a longing filled your plate with seconds
as if dying under this roof was something you never wished for.

Often do my thoughts return to that night, finding myself with a similar plate
as I try to reap the lesson you unknowingly taught;
how some wishes become prayers to St. Jude,
how some dreams are martyred so other dreams can live,
but, most of all, how one should never stop reaching for the heavens
even if there's a roof above them.

Bandit

Added on by D.S. Hooker.

I quickly washed up, changed, and then met him in our kitchen where Bandit spent most of his time lounging, drinking from his favorite blue water bowl, and dining on his favorite snack; pig ears. Dad had already gotten his SUV ready for the ride; the only thing remaining was its passenger.

Bandit lay on top of his gigantic pillow of a bed, dad & I by his side encouraging him to get up and, though he tried, his arthritic joints prevented him. His facial expression similar to the one he would give as a pup to acknowledge he had done something bad, but it had slowly become permanent in his later years. Dad & I looked at each other, knowing what we had to do and, reluctantly, did; each of us positioning ourselves on either end of our friend, and then lifting, never mentioning the ease we navigated out the back door and outside.

we had to do and, reluctantly, did; each of us positioning ourselves on either end of our friend, and then lifting, never mentioning the ease we navigated out the back door and outside.

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Mary

Added on by D.S. Hooker.

Hail Mary, Sweet Mary,
Grace had fallen from thee;
Thy womb unblessed,
Trespassed against.

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Nihilist/Romantic VX

Added on by D.S. Hooker.
True nihilists view themselves as just a body.

True romantics see bodies as a vehicle to greater forms.

Nihilist/Romantic IVX

Added on by D.S. Hooker.
True nihilists interpret chitchat as static.

True romantics ebb & flow with each spoken syllable.