Thursday, March 17, 2011

Prayer for our daughters.

Today i ran across a poem that made me smile, it was todays poem on "The Writer's Almanac." It is written by a man named Mark Jarman, a personal favorite poet of mine. He is very rooted in personal faith, and his poems reflect a sort of earthy experience with God that makes every one of us wish we could have the same. This poem is entitled, "Prayer for our daughters." Enjoy!

Prayer for Our Daughters

by Mark Jarman
May they never be lonely at parties
Or wait for mail from people they haven't written
Or still in middle age ask God for favors
Or forbid their children things they were never forbidden.

May hatred be like a habit they never developed
And can't see the point of, like gambling or heavy drinking.
If they forget themselves, may it be in music
Or the kind of prayer that makes a garden of thinking.

May they enter the coming century
Like swans under a bridge into enchantment
And take with them enough of this century
To assure their grandchildren it really happened.

May they find a place to love, without nostalgia
For some place else that they can never go back to.
And may they find themselves, as we have found them,
Complete at each stage of their lives, each part they add to.

May they be themselves, long after we've stopped watching.
May they return from every kind of suffering
(Except the last, which doesn't bear repeating)
And be themselves again, both blessed and blessing.

1 comment:

  1. Prayer, a beautiful way to start the day. Thanks for this!