A FATHER’S PRAYER

Begin to see yourself
not as something
finished
but as a poem sees
itself: made up of possibilities
and forgiveness and leaps
of faith,
a constant becoming
of what it is meant to be.

The start is always a stab
in the dark, with wrong
turns, blind alleys, and slippery rocks
that cut to the bone.
It’s only later you learn
that pain is a step forward, too
and that sometimes you need to go lost
to find the right road home.

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Mark Evan Chimsky is an editorial consultant (markchimskyeditorial.com) who headed major publishing imprints and was the editor of a number of bestsellers, including Johnny Cash’s autobiography "Cash." He is a contributor to Huffington Post, The Good Men Project and Thrive Global. An award-winning poet, Mark has published poetry and essays in Bullets into Bells, JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association), Wild Violet, The Oakland Review, Three Rivers Poetry Journal and Mississippi Review. He is currently developing the musicals The Pledge and Swagger with composer Zev Burrows.

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