Author Archives: Mario A. Pita

Scripture Nightmare

Supposedly You will spit people out if they’re lukewarm and don’t love You enough, so onto life’s afflictions and its doubt we’ve got to add some other awful stuff: the visions ancient people had of You as angry, punitive, abusive … Continue reading

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Prayer Surprise

For Amy You lay down on your bed as evening fell and sank into an overwhelming gloom, with hopelessness the only thing you felt as night fell in your mind and in your room. And you prayed for a sign … Continue reading

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Soul Castles

For Marion Shore A castle made of sand could not be kept from being flattened by indifferent tides, and when you thought of its demise you wept, for nothing, in the end, it seems, abides. The platitudes that half-consoled your … Continue reading

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Mandala Family

for RAY Mandalas weren’t of interest to me until I saw the one that you had drawn, a meditative, soothing one to see, from which some offspring afterward would spawn, when, based on yours, I and my family employed the … Continue reading

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Summer Rescue

for Darioush When you had swum and rose to leave a pond, a force you can’t define bid you to stand, to scan the shoreline and the waves beyond. Not knowing why, you followed its command. You saw then two … Continue reading

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Father Catharsis

for Dad 1 When I was little and I wished to learn to play a piano, you shot down that wish as something that a growing boy should spurn, because you felt that it was sissyish. You came from where … Continue reading

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Graduation

For Emily As “Pomp and Circumstance” played through loud speakers, you entered in procession with your class of gleeful, graduating High School seniors, and tears erupted as I watched you pass, and I had not expected I would cry, although … Continue reading

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