BY MEL SHERRER.
Mother and daughter climb a hill to pray
and spend the way reciting the prayer
like a song
like a secret.
They climb seeing each other’s desperate eyes.
They climb hearing each other’s horrible woes.
And when they reach the top
they pray aloud, all the old recitations,
though the rite had been spoken along the path,
though the ritual was complete between them.
Mel Sherrer is a writer and teacher. Her writing style incorporates minimalism, attention to sonic aesthetic and regional flair. She received her B.F.A. from Hollins University and a M.F.A. From Converse College. She is the current Managing Poetry Editor for South 85 Literary Journal. Mel is a southern transplant living in Las Vegas, NV.