Unanswered Prayers

by Robert Carr

A deerfly whispers 
in my eye. Clouds 
have stopped speaking 

and move in silent folds.
Grass, that beaten child, 
looks upward into blue. 

Tomorrow I will mow, 
raise my chin, curse 
the closemouthed sky. 



Robert Carr is the author of Amaranth, published in 2016 by Indolent Books and The Unbuttoned Eye, a full-length 2019 collection from 3: A Taos Press. Among other publications his poetry appears in the American Journal of Poetry, Crab Orchard Review, Massachusetts Review, Rattle, Shenandoah and Tar River Poetry. Robert is a poetry editor with Indolent Books, and recently retired from a career as Deputy Director for the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Additional information can be found at robertcarr.org.

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