Where do you find them?
Behind the stove
Around the door frame
Under small stones placed in the pots of plants
In morning and evening
Behind the dishes
Among the dry goods
Not all places.
How do you honor them?
Sorrowfully, when you must.
Ajax scrubbing powder
A nice salad, with tomatoes and a little hard cheese
Old bones, cleaned by wind and weather
What can they do for you?
Nothing, at any rate, that you can’t do for yourself.
But if you’ve bothered to
To protect yourself. Those around you.
Eat and drink. Hang tiny lanterns. Wiggle your toes in bed
in the mornings. And
just soak it all in like moss soaks water or sunflowers sun)
then probably they slipped in without your even asking them.
They sit around your door frames. In corners. Between pots.
Their favorite place is the slanty drawer where you store candles and oddments
(Unless you don’t have a slanty drawer. Go looking, then.
The spot won’t be that hard to find.)
If you’ve bothered, then
You might as well take a second and greet them.
Shrine. Not-a-shrine. Temple. Not-a-temple.
Gods. Not alone.