by Debbie Felio
Have mercy on me a sinner, by heart I know this prayer I come half-hearted and distracted wondering again if you are there suffer the children those separated at the borders those dream filled sons and daughters where is protection in your orders? Be still and know that you are God but who am I or any of us are we even seen by you? Love one another as I have loved all of this? and them? abundantly what remains in me is carried unforgiven Behold I am with you always and what about today? in this time of cruelty and grief again I bow and pray Lord, help my unbelief.
Debbie Felio is a late in life witness poet exploring and writing on the mundane, the miraculous and the under-represented sides of historic and current issues. She continues her lifelong pursuit of finding God in the smallest places in life, and admitting the challenges of faith when the world is in chaos. Her work is published online and in print, including anthologies Hay(na)ku 15 ( Eileen Tabios, editor); Minnie’s Diary, A Southern Literary Review October (2018) ;and Gabriel’s Horn:Startled by Joy and Startled by Nature (2020), Refuse to Stay Silent (2020) a collection by Colorado artists commemorating the centennial of the 19th amendment, and I-70 Review Anthology, 2022. Her untitled cherita sequence was a published finalist in the MacQueens’s Quarterly March 2021 ekphrastic challenge.