Sunday, April 24, 2011

Day 24 - A Prayer for Our Children

Poetic Asides, Day 24

For today's prompt, write a prayer poem. Your prayer poem could be religious, but it doesn't have to be. People can pray to make it to work on time. Or to be rich. Or even for the rain. It's completely up to you what you're poem is about. (I pray that everyone is respectful of each other's prayer poems today.)

Here's mine:

A Prayer for Our Children

Give our children curiosity
And willingness to explore
Give them courage to ask questions
Let them always seek out more

Let them seek the higher meaning
To all the lessons we’ve been taught
About love and understanding
Let it be the truth that’s sought

Let them heal our ancient bruises
To the wounded, let them tend
Let them look beneath the surface:
It’s our hearts that we must mend

Let them turn to one another
When in crisis, there is need
Let them look for ways to comfort
Let them turn away from greed.

Grant our children education
So they may learn from our mistakes
Give this newborn generation
All the knowledge that it takes

To understand this great big world
On which we all reside
Is the only world we have to share
We must live here side by side.

Grant our children tolerance
So they may understand
That it is love that makes a family,
Merely people, hand in hand.

Let them set aside our prejudice
And extinguish hatred’s flame
Let them shed our outward differences
And embrace how we are same.

Grant them a deeper wisdom
So they may finally see
That when we renounce our ignorance
Only then can we be free.

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