April is National Poetry Month — and to celebrate, Bonny, Kat, Sarah, and I are sharing some poetry each Thursday in April. Today . . . is Poem in Your Pocket Day, so we’ll each be sharing a favorite short-and-sweet poem that should fit right into your pocket!

How to Knit a Sweater (a Realist’s Prayer)
by Barbara Kingsolver

O Lord
(whether male, female,
animate, all-knowing,
unreasonable or just
whether or not),
we are practical people
who hedge our bets.
As I hold my loved ones
this day in my thoughts,
meditating on our hopes
and wild adversities,
I also hold a skein 
of good wool,
needles that click like
rosary beads working
through Hail Marys
of knit and purl.
By involving fiber
in my invocation 
of divinity,
I feel assured
of a fairly positive outcome.

Happy National Poetry Month. I hope you’ve enjoyed our month-long celebration of poetry.


Today’s poem is from How to Fly (In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons) by Barbara Kingsolver, and published by HarperCollins Publishers, 2020. For more information about today’s poet, click here.


Then be sure to visit Bonny, Kat, and Sarah to gather more poems for your pockets!