My Father’s Prayers

    “My Father’s Prayers,” Ensign, Mar. 1986, 66

    My Father’s Prayers

    Honorable Mention

    Not all his prayers

    were spoken from his knees.

    Some leaped exultant

    through the cornstalks’ hoeing,

    some stumbled,

    stiff as hailstones

    on downed wheat.

    Most of his prayers

    were given

    on his feet.

    His last devotion

    took us by surprise,

    so short it was,

    so quick—

    a stifled sigh,

    like a far tractor

    on a country road

    at night,

    whispering the world