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A Prayer For Our Children

Updated on January 25, 2017
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Kenneth, loves satire and writings to spotlight others, but he also has an "addiction" so to speak, to dramatic and abstract/prose poetry.

Mother Teresa, icon of compassion
Mother Teresa, icon of compassion | Source

Oh, peaceful child of God, child of mine
Born of my womb and Heaven divine
Laying peacefully on bed of slumber sure
I am pleading this prayer o'er you
So safely you can live and see invisibility's pure.

Your small hands should stay warned
From thin lips adorned who feel nothing
At the simple souls who cry to mourn.
Your feet are so shaped to walk
With kings, queens and farmers stalks
But yet remain humble at moon's dark rising.

Be warned of two warring worlds that always
Tear away the innocence of simple days.
And feed their poison freely to little souls
Like you who dance on dusty deaths of old.

One world is hatred, prejudice, and bigotry blind
Sees no truth but feeding their bellies on little pure minds.
The other world is greed where taking is masked
By commerce grand laced with golden nets of task.

Both worlds compete and consume the children of light
You must lay down broken weapons to standard the right.
Never be so naive you believe their lips of liar's words
Their truth is a flimsy curtain not fit for slothful birds.

So stay lone, tall and true to equality's flag
Be deaf to hurried threatening whose promises all lag.
But dream a solitary dream of a colorless mass
Hold their hands strongly while bigotry's net will pass.

And take time to be happy with that you have earned
Not counting the days, hours or hearts by toiling to burn.
But yet, be thankful for handfuls of coin new
You are honest
Your are pure
You are blind to greed and bigotry's lure.

Civil Rights march on Washington D.C.. Mathew Ahmann in a crowd
Civil Rights march on Washington D.C.. Mathew Ahmann in a crowd | Source

© 2017 Kenneth Avery


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      Kenneth Avery 10 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, faith-hope-love,

      You met one of my all-time favorite people, Mother Teresa? Wow! I wish that I had been given that privilege for I truly believe that today's Judeau Christians could all take many life lessons from this saint.

      One story that touches me to this day was one of her last public appearances was at the United Nations General Assembly and she was the keynote speaker.

      I remember watching this on CBS News and the speaker introduced her and out from the side of the podium walked this frail, little lady whose steps were small-but-sure and when she took the microphone. She started out with what she said was the scripture that she had built her life and ministry upon:

      "What you do to the least of these--you do also unto me."

      I tell you. You could have heard a pin drop in this huge place and Mother Teresa gave the scripture time to sink in and the rest of her remarks were not and did not fall on stones or plucked up by the birds.

      She is enjoying that great reward in Heaven and I am sure that she even gave that away too.

      Thank you for sharing your comments.

      Write me anytime.

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      Kenneth Avery 10 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, annart,

      Thank you so much for your kind and honest remarks on this hub.

      Thank you for the input about liking my serious pieces--which is something for me to be thinking about.

      God bless you.

      Write me anytime.

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      Kenneth Avery 10 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, whonunuwho!

      I am so blessed to have friends like you. I believe that I am going to stop referring to the wonderful followers that I have been blessed with as 'followers,' but FRIENDS.

      That even sounds better.

      Thank you for your comment.

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      Kenneth Avery 10 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Gypsy Rose Lee,

      Hi. It has been a while. How are you doing these days? Are you well? I m so sorry that it took me this long to reply to your wonderful comment.

      I agree with your thinking about children be allowed to be free to enjoy their childhood and not be burdened down too quickly on adult-based things in life.


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      Gypsy Rose Lee 11 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      A truly wonderful and most inspirational poem. That is the problem in this world that children suffer the most and people forget that they are the future and they should be free to enjoy their childhood in preparation for the greatness they may later provide for this world.

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      John Ward 11 months ago from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

      Kenneth, I met Mother Theresa in Calcutta long before she became known world wide. I note that you use a Photo of her in your Hub "A prayer for our children. I give a thumbs up to your prayer. It is very appropriate for our times. Thank you. I do enjoy your work. John

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      Ann Carr 11 months ago from SW England

      The innocence of youth, eh? Would that it lasted longer than it does. I look at my grandchildren and I wish I could hold their innocence for them so that they're never hurt.

      Great poem; I've said it before and I'll say it again, I much prefer your serious pieces and your poetry. It has a poignancy that hurts and you do it well. This one makes us think hard and hope even more.


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      whonunuwho 12 months ago from United States

      A very inspiring poem that helps guide us each in our walk of life. Blessings. whonu