Note from the Editors

 

   SEEING RED 

    ENDU(RED) ADMI(RED)
    DESI(RED) WONDE(RED)
    RUMO(RED) ADO(RED)
    ENAMO(RED) INSPI(RED)
    DISCOVE(RED) SAC(RED)
    HUNGE(RED) WONDE(RED)
    EXPLO(RED) FEATU(RED)
    AUTHO(RED) SEA(RED)
    DA(RED) UNCENSO(RED)
    SOA(RED) ADVENTU(RED)

 

 

    


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The Lottery Prayer


Another winter morning,
another day I am not a millionaire.
The Lord of Chance is my shepherd.
He makes me want. He tells me I must play
to win. He leadeth me down a path
toward early retirement.
I follow religiously.
Yea, though I drive through
the valley in a shadow of debt
to buy my tickets, I am still left wanting.
My friends and family comfort me.
They prepare a meal for me each week
to supplement the hole the lottery leaves
in my grocery budget.
I play their birthdays, ages,
wedding and divorce dates.
I play shoe, dress, waist, and bra sizes.
I play the days in a month,
the months in a year,
the year my car was built.
I play the numbers printed inside
fortune cookies, if the fortune is good.

Oh, Lord of Chance, drop
some Ping-Pong balls my way.
Help me become the generous man
I am meant to be. Help me build
the non-profit foundation dedicated
to supporting abused, homeless, hungry,
handicapped, mentally, emotionally
and imaginatively challenged literary artists—
that is my destiny. Help me build a library
branch (to later be named in my honor).
What do I need to do, Lord? I’ve already
given up smoking and drinking, sacrificed
my beloved Mustang. I can’t give up
my wife; she buys half the tickets.
I can’t give up my first born;
he’s expecting a piece of the prize.
Anything else is fair game.



M. Scott Douglass is Publisher/Editor of The Main Street Rag. He’s been published by The Asheville Poetry Review, Iodine Poetry Journal, and Southern Poetry Review and Sundog (among others). He’s a Pushcart Prize nominee, an ASC Grant recipient; has earned two PICA Awards and a 2010 Eric Hoffer Award nomination for graphic design work. His books include Auditioning for Heaven, Balancing on Two Wheels, STEEL WOMB Revisited, Dip Says Hi, and most recently, Hard to Love (2012). He lives in Charlotte with his wife Jill and assorted critters and enjoys the occasional road trip—as long as he gets to drive.  


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