Accent on the Saint

Jesus, Mary and Saint Joseph,
I say quietly throughout the day
as wandering thoughts plead
and pray for a full response
from the whole family.

An exclamation early learned
as exasperation with circumstance
has transmuted into intercession.

Only today did I see and hear
what I said and say as prayer, not
imprecation. May that understanding
mean years of cursing redeemed.

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