Tuesday, October 16, 2012

"Friday Prayers" on Tuesday at Dead Beats

Another poem published.  "Friday Prayers" was posted on Dead Beats earlier today. See http://www.deadbeats.eu/.  It's already been reblogged once.  It'll be interesting to see where it goes from here.


  1. Beautiful poem, Mike. The rug is the detail that jumps out at me. Wonderful concluding lines -- a benediction on daily life.

  2. Thanks, Laura. The editors at Dead Beats had this to say on their Facebook site: "Tuesday morning sees Michael Ratcliffe grace the blog with his debut ‘Friday Prayers’. Ratcliffe grabs the image and lays it neatly down, like his protagonists rug, for the reader. No agenda, no hyperbole; a delicate image. What are your thoughts on the piece? Make sure to click ‘view post’ and leave your thoughts below."

    It's interesting that you and the editors focused on the rug. What I saw as I walked across the parking lot toward the entrance of the Suitland Metro Station (where this scene occurred) was the man with his eyes closed, shutting out the world around him.