Prayer from an Unbeliever

2011 // by Katrin Alvarez

What is it You want? You there,
the God who probably doesn't exist at all,
even though I'm pestering Him anyway.

Just leave me the one who is mine,
just leave me this one single person!

When You're bored with the world,
You allow entire peoples
to be drowned, gassed, tortured or starved.

So just leave me the one who is mine
just leave me this one single person!

How about a little wager with me, God?
I'll bet that You'd have no fun at all
with my special one!
This is a person who could cause You trouble
up there, or wherever You are.

This one is everything You're not:
beautiful, unbending, intelligent and kind.
Would it be so clever
to bring such a person into Your nest?

So just leave the one who is mine,
just leave me this one single person! (Amen!)