For those of us with hitchhikers

God, hear my prayer
for those of us with hitchhikers —
for some of us
there is the joy of pregnancy
and for others
the fear of a tumor,
or diagnosis of dementia.

Most of us who are white
travel with racism —
the hitchhiker in the back seat
of anyone growing up
in a racist culture,
who will suggest a detour
or a gun rack,

reach for the steering wheel,
suggest offering a lift
to near relatives in
the family of prejudices.

God, keep me on your road;
never let me forget
my unwanted passenger. amen.

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