Pagosa Springs Artists

Forgetting How To Pray

is easy when you go away to college

where life is so hectic, so fun, so sad.

You have to make it on your own,

because there isn’t anyone else

that will do it for you.


The homework piles up if you don’t do it.

Ultimately, you’re the only one who can

make sense of Statistics or Biology

before having to take that exam

next Monday.


It doesn’t take long before you realize,

at the university, God has nothing to do

with a grade point average, acing an exam,

or with making a friend. Doesn’t zap you

for missing church, getting drunk, or having sex.



first published in Time of Singing

©2007 Bonnie Manion


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