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Recorded for Poem-a-Day, January 8, 2016.
About this Poem 

“I wrote this poem on a blue Royal typewriter as a train was lumbering its way through a light fog. For an entire year, I wondered why god kept appearing in my writing.”
Vi Khi Nao

Fog

the sun drops his knee on fog

a diurnal genuflection that

explains the lack of clarity in the prayer’s thought

when god prays to himself

using the fog’s opaque cushion

we know god is a child

who pretends to pray

because in the midst of his holy make-believe childhood

he is a beautiful version of daffodil twirling in dew

Copyright © 2016 by Vi Khi Nao. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on January 8, 2016, by the Academy of American Poets.

Copyright © 2016 by Vi Khi Nao. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on January 8, 2016, by the Academy of American Poets.

Vi Khi Nao

Vi Khi Nao

Vi Khi Nao is the author of Fish in Exile (Coffee House Press, 2016) and The Old Philosopher (Nightboat Books, 2016). She lives in Iowa City, Iowa.