Poison Pie Publishing House: A Prayer for Drunkards

A Prayer for Drunkards

Lord, You have created the highest purpose
for fermented beverages in the transmutation
of wine into blood and left it to men of Earth
to pursue, through alcohol, paths less noble.

I hail from a family of drunkards, so I speak
with authority on this matter. Lord, pacify
those who are driven to drink, for, faced
with an unfathomable expanse of afternoon,

they seek only a means by which the numbered
hours of their lives can be rendered harmless.
O Lord, Creator of vine and vineyard, accept
this prayer on behalf of dipsomaniacs everywhere.

I ask not that You temper their thirst. Instead,
obstinately I ask again only for the impossible:
the complete remaking of the universe in a fashion
such that one finds no solace in drowning.

A Prayer for Drunkards
David Keffer
Knoxville, TN
October 23, 2014