Gingerbread House Lit Mag

This Is How You Should Pray

Start shaking the tree
slowly at first.

The apples have all been picked,
so think small.

Even if most of the good stuff
has been taken

or marked up in price,
there is still a bargain or two.

Cancer is a tough one,
not to mention diapers

further down the road.
So pray for the innermost

part of you
to hold together.

Think of what it takes
to fill a vacuum.

That darkness is indigenous,
space infinite–

and that things go on
without you.

See the look on God’s face
when you steal his thunder,

and the joy that is yours
after you take the words

right out of his mouth.

D. G. Geis

D.G. Geis lives in Houston, Texas. He has an undergraduate degree in English Literature from the University of Houston and a graduate degree in philosophy from California State University. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming  in Fjords, Memoryhouse, 491 Magazine, Lost Coast, Blue Bonnet Review, The Broadkill Review, A Quiet Courage, SoftBlow International Poetry Journal, Blinders, Burningword Literary Journal, Poetry Scotland (Open Mouse), Crosswinds, Scarlet Leaf,  Sweet Tree, Atrocity Exhibition, Driftwood Press, Tamsen, Rat’s Ass, Bad Acid, Crack the Spine, Collapsar, Grub Street, Slippery Elm, Ricochet, The Write Place at the Write Time,  Steam Ticket, Razor, Origami, Matador, Cheat River, Euphemism, Two Cities, The Hartskill Review, Sugar House, Literary Orphans, Dash,  Zabaan, Clare, Panoplyzine, Boston Accent, Silkworm, Drylandlit, and The Machinery. He will be featured in a forthcoming Tupelo Press chapbook anthologizing 9 New Poets and is winner of Blue Bonnet Review’s Fall 2015 Poetry Contest. He is editor-at-large of Tamsen and a recent finalist for the Fish Poetry Prize (Ireland).

Artist: Sarah Ann Loreth

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