The Long Defeat That Brings Us What We Know

by Pat Connors

He loves the beach.
He walks barefoot along the shoreline
as close to the water without getting wet
while as far away from people as possible.

Like every man, he experiences
loss, failure, isolation, accusations
numerous as the grains of sand
between his burning toes.

The beach is where he finds peace.
It is his favourite place to pray
to the One who formed this beauty
as a gift to all who would receive it.

He prays for the world
which once again suffers so much.
He prays it will not be swept away
by the rising tides of hatred.

He prays for his family
	he prays for his friends
		he prays for his enemies
he prays to be able to tell the difference.

He rests at the end of a concrete pier.
“I have not been overcome,” 
he proclaims to the setting sun,
“and that will have to do for now.”

Pat Connors’ first chapbook, Scarborough Songs, was released by Lyricalmyrical Press in 2013, and charted on the Toronto Poetry Map. Other publication credits include Spadina Literary Review; Tamaracks; and Tending the Fire, released last spring by the League of Canadian Poets. His first full collection, The Other Life, is newly released by Mosaic Press.                                                      

One thought on “The Long Defeat That Brings Us What We Know

  1. Thank you Pat it was lovely read I always pray for everybody as well my prayers is the only thing that keeps you from going insane

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