It was the sort of meal one eats in desperation:
Hours since lunch, a transatlantic flight,
delays and layovers, and now, the leftover
of a strangely sunny slice of egg – molded,
not by hen, but human hand. I shook my head
and ate the dreadful stuff on a plastic plate
then washed it down with lukewarm milk.
Rows behind, a baby wept with depth and
volume I could not help but envy, feeling
much the same. Yet as I considered this meal
without a name, I had the grace to see the sense
of saying grace. In my dinner hour of need,
it seemed both wise and good to pray,
most heartily, “God bless this food!”
Mary Harwell Sayler‘s bio:
Mary Harwell Sayler began writing poems in childhood but, as an adult, wrote almost everything except poetry! Eventually she placed three dozen books in all genres including poetry and how-to books on poetry and writing. She also maintains the Poetry Editor blog and provides resources for poets and writers on her website. Recently she collected almost all of the prayers in the Bible from many English translations, paraphrased them into contemporary language, and published the Book of Bible Prayers. She then published the prayer book in the King James Version only, the Book of KJV Prayers.