Thursday, June 10, 2004

<> A Prayer for Children <>

We pray for children
who sneak popsicles before supper
who erase holes in math workbooks
.who can never find their shoes
And we pray for those
who stare at photographers from behind barbed wire
who can't bound down the street in a new pair of sneakers
who never counted potatoeswho are born in places we wouldn't be caught dead
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
And we pray for those who never get dessert
who have no safe blanket to drag 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 dresser
.whose monsters are real

We pray for children
who spend all their allowance before Tuesday
who throw tantrums in 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 fairy
who don't like to be kissed in front of the carpool
who squirm in church and 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 daytime
who will eat anything
who have never seen a dentist
who aren't spoiled by anybody
who go to bed hungry and 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

~ Ina J. Hughs ~

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