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The Atheist Prays

Becoming A Spiritual Guide for Navigating Adulthood

By Kayla Parker

From Skinner House Books

A spiritual companion for young adults and all who live amid transitions and tensions. Dozens of carefully selected readings address themes that are prominent for people in their twenties and early thirties.

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I am praying again
and how does one pray
when unsure if anything hears?

In the world I know as reliable and finite
when time and matter cycle back and forth
and I understand the answers to so many puzzles

there are moments when knowing is nothing
and I
this accumulation of systems, histories
repetitions falls from me—

how does one who is sure there is nothing
pray?

I
dark gathered around my eyes
sit in this room cluttered with my certainties
asking
my one unanswered question
holding myself perfectly still to listen
fixing my gaze
just here

wondering.