The Cost of Prayer

The Cost of Prayer

You’ll find the gambling den next to the mosque.
Take your tip from the man wearing a peci,
turning his back on religious fervour
dealing spades and hearts.
In the distance, a pink princess
grows age and a price.

Three bananas will cost you a prayer.
Take your change in cigarettes.
The rain will only stop
to change position. She lays the bet.

The boy will lead you down to the beach,
bring out his shells – but some things
are too precious to sell off.

Three bananas cost a prayer.
Take your change in cigarettes.
The rain stops to change position.
She loses the bet; and then more.

He will open his betel nut lips.
He won’t mean to show his missing leg
but there it is.

Three bananas a prayer.
Take change in cigarettes. The rain
rests as I leave but there’s always more.

Shells

Shell Collection, Kupang Beach

 

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About sandrathibodeaux

Poet and Playwright
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