“Diana began her shift each morning at Queequeg's Seafood Tavern and Brewery with a propitiatory prayer, which by a quirk of providence or some incredible stroke of luck you might be able to hear, even though it was almost always offered (and hopefully received) in silence. In fact, she woke up each day with the same prayer, or at least a similar one, such as 'Please, God, help me get through the day,' or something simpler, even unaddressed, like 'Help!' Besides this, she usually began each individual task with something along the same lines, such as 'God help me,' sometimes whispered repeatedly while shaking her head from side to side as she pulled lemons out of a cardboard box in five-pronged clutches, two or three at a time. Once she managed four.”
-From the opening of Bird's Nest in Your Hair, a brilliant novel by Brian Jobe (we at Wiseblood have had the great honor to help edit this minor masterpiece of the 21st Century).
You can purchase the novel here.