What I Pray For


A dumpster filled with dirt and
rosemary dropped from the sky,

a portable Earth Room.

Born from a sentence meant
for another world, what makes
less sense is always more subtle.

Sleep hygiene disrupted by a car wreck you
didn’t see. The grocery store lost power,

and the freezers froze even deeper.
Where in space are we or could we be?

I watered the garden
until a few dozen birds flew out.

Adam Clay’s latest book, To Make Room for the Sea, was published by Milkweed Editions in 2020. He teaches at the University of Southern Mississippi and edits Mississippi Review.