Waking Prayer

Waking Prayer

I pray for a world unwinding,

for a place where peace is a stranger

for a land where freedom is binding

and kindness itself is a danger

I pray for innocence forgotten,

for a people who think themselves wise

I lament the hatred begotten

of poor kings with unseeing eyes

Love is not just a feeling,

peace is not just a truce

joy is not made for stealing

and fear is never an excuse.

I pray for those without a name,  

for everyone without a voice

for those who chose to live in shame,

for those who didn’t have a choice

I pray for the rich and wealthy

who realize they are still poor

I pray for the happy and healthy

who risk it all wanting more.

Love is not just a feeling,

peace is not just a truce

joy is not made for stealing

and fear is never an excuse.

I pray the world would take a chance,

that all its scars might heal,

and wake up out of this trance,

and remember how to feel

I pray that everyone would know

a love so deep and vast

that joy would take root and grow,

and peace would finally last.

Love is not just a feeling,

peace is not just a truce

joy is not made for stealing

and fear is never an excuse.

 

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