Prayer for the New Year
Already the businessman on Broadway forgives himself
for what will happen between him and the boy
who stops to ask for a cigarette,
his face illuminating like an icon’s
above the clean strike of the match.
Tonight, love isn’t enough for anyone out here.
Across the street the blonde gives his body
to every man who believes—
and in this city of salt and worship,
there are few moments to touch him.
Saint or stranger, I still recklessly seek you.