Psalm 4


Respond to me when I send for you,

   You, my right god

Release the pressure, ease the stress

  Grant mercy to this, my prayer.


When, men, will you cease forming honor into shame?

   How long to love lies and know other lovers?


Know the Lord saves the godly for him

  His ears tune into my voice.


In your anger, don’t you sin;

   While on your bed, when lights are dimmed

   See you heart’s nooks, hush your life’s noise

Give your sacrifice rightly

  Simply trust your Master.


Several now ask, “Who’s able to show good?”

  Shine Your radiant face on us Lord.

You keep filling my heart overflowing with joy.

  More than when harvest comes, and wine is strong

I lie down in peace, I rest

  By you alone Lord

I inhabit your safety.

Author: Lancelot Schaubert

Lancelot Schaubert has sold his written work to markets like The New Haven Review, McSweeney’s, The Poet’s Market, Writer’s Digest (magazine and books), Poker Pro, Encounter, The Misty Review, Carnival, Brink, and many other similar markets. He reinvented the photonovel through Cold Brewed and was commissioned by the Missouri Tourism Board to create a second photonovel — The Joplin Undercurrent — that both fictionalizes and enchants the history and culture of Joplin, Missouri. His work terraforms new worlds, tears the veil between the natural and supernatural, and jests with the paradoxes of classical metaphysics. When he’s not writing (or tinkering with cinema-ish narrative), he’s dabbling in dozens of different books, listening to people tell their life stories, camping, fishing, exploring unfamiliar territory (there’s a lot in New York), tinkering with new languages (Spanish, currently), exploring random disciplines like chemical engineering, as well as messing around with improv comedy (at UCB) and leisure de main and music. PLEASE SEND SOUP — he loves soup. Yes, even if it’s summer. Find him in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, Tara, and their attack spaniel, Echo.

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