Pray

For the “Pray” portion of this series, I was going to write about my own spirituality and religious beliefs. I’ve decided instead to take a different approach because that is such a personal subject and often can be something that divides rather than connects. I’m open about my beliefs with those I love and am close to, but I don’t think the Internet is where I want to express them.

Instead, here is one of my favorite poems about prayer. I love that it takes prayer out of its polarizing religious contexts and instead looks at it as an attitude of thankfulness. Enjoy!

“Thanks” by W.S. Merwin

Listen
with the night falling we are saying thank you
we are stopping on the bridge to bow from the railings
we are running out of the glass rooms
with our mouths full of food to look at the sky
and say thank you
we are standing by the water looking out
in different directions

back from a series of hospitals back from a mugging
after funerals we are saying thank you
after the news of the dead
whether or not we knew them we are saying thank you
in a culture up to its chin in shame
living in the stench it has chosen we are saying thank you

over telephones we are saying thank you
in doorways and in the backs of cars and in elevators
remembering wars and the police at the back door
and the beatings on stairs we are saying thank you
in the banks that use us we are saying thank you
with the crooks in office with the rich and fashionable
unchanged we go one saying thank you thank you

with the animals dying around us
our lost feelings we are saying thank you
with the forests falling faster than the minutes
of our lives we are saying thank you
with the words going out like cells of a brain
with the cities growing over us like the earth
we are saying thank you faster and faster
with nobody listening we are saying thank you
we are saying thank you and waving
dark though it is

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2 responses to “Pray

  1. great way to remind yourself the beauty of prayers…

  2. http://jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com/2010/08/25/thursday-poets-rally-week-27-august-26-sept-1-2010/
    I am looking for poets to join the Rally week 27, I would be thrilled if you come this week
    I value your talent.

    let me know,
    otherwise, ignore.

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