Prayer for May Day/Beltane

I saw a bunch of potted flowers
bursting by a bank –
poppies, daisies, carnations,
reds, blues, whites, golds, violets –
how constricted there they seemed,
audacious their delight

I saw a bunch of people gathered
there at Union Park –
commies, anarchists, punks, queers,
black, brown, white, young, old –
beautiful with joy and rage,
but still, it seemed, too few…

Lord, let there be more like these –
flowers, people, gathered —
Let them sprawl through downtown rampantly,
and trample over banks!

—Adam Gottlieb  (5/1/15)

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