Prayers at Vespers

Daughters continue to surprise,
their childhood showing us
how to be bigger and better adults.
One adding up 35 + 35, arriving 
at 70 milligrams of salt in two sodas,
the other standing and squinting
into a strong afternoon wind
gladly shouting, "Hallelujah!"
Sometimes I think, and maybe
I should take this thought
more seriously today,
paying attention to numbers
on a soda can and facing the wind
feed the human spirit more 
than the finest prayers at vespers.

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