Tuesday, June 23, 2009

We Pray For The Children

We pray for children
who sneak popsicle before supper
who erase holes in math, work books
Who can never find their shoes.

And we pray for those
who can't bound down the street in
new sneakers,
who never counted potatoes,
who are born in places we wouldn't
be caught dead in.
who never go to the circus
who live in an X-rated world.

We pray for children
who bring us sticky kisses and
fistfuls of dandelions.
who hug us in a hurry and forget
their lunch money.

We pray for those
who never get dessert
who have no safe blanket to brag
behind them,
who watch their parents watch
them die
who can't find any bread to steal
who don't have any rooms to
clean up
whose pictures aren't on anybody's
whose monsters are real.

We pray for children
who spend all their allowance the
same day they receive it
who throw tantrums at the grocery
store and pick at their food.
who like ghost stories
who shove dirty clothes under the
bed, and never rinse out the tub.
who get visits from the tooth
who don't like to be kissed in front
of anyone.
who squirm in church
who scream in the phone
whose tears we sometimes laugh
at and whose smiles can
make us cry.

And we pray for those
whose nightmares come in the
who will eat anything
who will never see a dentist
who aren't spoiled by anybody.
who go to bed hungry
who cry themselves to sleep,
who live and move, but have
no being.

We pray for children who want
to be carried
and for those who must.

For those we never give up on
and for those who don't get
a second chance.

For those we smother with love... and for those who will grab the hand of anybody kind enough to offer it.


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