Robert did not know much about God
But at 16 his father was shot in front of him.
Standing out the front of his house,
He watched the murderer,
A tall man,
Wipe his father’s blood from his face,
The sun shining from his black curly hair.
Robert sat in the carpark at 23
In the driver’s seat of his car
And thought about his father’s last breath.
His girlfriend climbed in beside him, and she smiled,
The white of her teeth and the warm sun from her eyes
Made him feel whole again.
He still did not know much about God at 31
But looking at the red neon
He thought he could see an angel
Moving about on the shopping centre’s cold steel roof,
And he dreamed of what his baby might be.
At 45, God was only a small thought in his mind,
As he sat in a bar and thought about Mary
Who danced there after 7 pm.
He looked at his watch and it was only 4 pm
And felt annoyed at how slow the days went.
At 60 Robert sat in the Church and prayed.
The Church was cold, but warmer than the street.
Last night, at 3 am, as he slept on the steps of a men’s clothing store,
Someone broke a bottle near his head.
As he opened two sore, sticky eyes
He watched the lights of the city twinkle in the crystal shards.