Beggar’s Prayer

I come with the Grace
of all those I beseech, quietly.
In all names holy.

My work, done with love,
in prayerful attendance to life,
to acknowledge the birdsong
extolling the morning and
awakening the sun
in triumph over night.

Sending the mist
to dissipate over the Mount,
to nudge the sleeping sages
into activity,
to secure the earth’s roving
in this sea of tranquility.

I acknowledge my blessings
where I am, but I beg . . . . . . .

Extinguish the desires of old men
who miss their spoils of war,
and if allowed would set fire
to the hearts of the young
to do their bidding;
negating the work of mothers
who taught their children to love one another
from the first time a sibling
invaded their space.

I beg for lives to be spared
so families can sup together,
that children will again
have parents on the premises.
Begging you also
to hone the values
that would have us carrying one another.

I beg this beggar’s prayer
so that man who denies
his own godliness will one day see

the common ground of his divinity.

2 Responses to Beggar’s Prayer

  1. veronicahallissey June 13, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

    e mail from Bill Hackett. . .As a male feminist who is also a humanist, would it be politically incorrect in verse 5 to say “extinguish the desires of people”? is it only males or the old who are chauvinist, militaristic and expansionistic? I understand that males have been at the forefront of militarism in history but now that women are getting more power and attention, biography is showing that they possess the territorial gene too. Lady Macbeth would appreciate the thought

  2. veronicahallissey June 17, 2013 at 10:49 pm #

    Bill, Perhaps at the end of this life will be displayed lifetimes as a participant in the male hierarchy. But now as a female humanist with a dozen males in my life,(6 brothers, 2 fathers, a husband and three sons, ALL exceptional) I can only speak my truth. I just have to look at the evening news, and it speaks volumes.

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