Maurice Manning


The Rainy Night in Kentucky

The rain is setting in.
Night and rain go well
together.  Hell, why not be

sad tonight?  I’m not tired
of being broken hearted—from
baby’s cradle, mind you—yet.



The Prayer for Pigs

O God, my swineherd God,
send me two pigs please

to swallow my two demons;
drive them like nails into

the poor pigs’ brains—better
make it three, three pigs.



Maurice Manning’s most recent book, Bucolics, is now available in paperback.