A Short and Easy Method of Prayer
after Jeanne Guyon (1648-1717)

Rest your palm
on the soft, warm slope
between the old dog’s ears.

Picture sunlight traversing the void
to ripen the cherry tomatoes. Bees earnestly pollinating
the cucumber vines. Your own hand, tired
but still pouring the olive oil.


Look! how the candlelight
anoints your skin.

Kiss her.


When sleep knocks,
let it in.

(c) 2020 Kate Horowitz
Photo Credit: Anna Carson Dewitt

Congratulations to Kate Horowitz our 2020 THIRD PLACE winner on her poem, “A Short and Easy Method of Prayer.” Kate is a poet, essayist, and science writer in Maine. Her work has most recently appeared in Mineral Lit Mag, Drunk Monkeys, and Moonchild Magazine. Find her online at or on Twitter @delight_monger.

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