Called to Prayer — Ana Gobledale, Turkey

Written in Antalya, Turkey, upon hearing the 11:15 am call to prayer after a coach tour visit to a gold and gemstone showroom.

Call to prayer
slicing through the cold
bended knee
bended heart
contrite

God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Gems of your earth
Shining bling
catch the eye
catch the heart

God, in your mercy, forgive us
our greed
our delight in sparkle
our ability to ignore the consequential poverty
the ravaged earth
the exploited labour
the left-behind children

Call for prayer
Call for justice
slicing through the air
bended knee
bended heart

God, in your mercy, shower your truth upon us.