The children that OMNI cares for in Zambia, Africa, are the ones on the wrong side of this parallel poem.   (241)

 A Prayer for the Children

 We pray for the 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 potatoes”,

who are born in places where we wouldn’t be caught dead,

who never go to the circus,

who live in an X-rated world.

 We pray for the 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 bread to steal,

who don’t have rooms to clean up,

whose pictures aren’t on anybody’s dresser,

whose monsters are real.

 We Pray for the Children

who spend their allowance before Tuesday,

who throw tantrums in the grocery store and pick at their food,

who like ghost stories,

who shove direct clothes under the bed,

who 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 the children

who want to be carried and for those who must,

who we never give up on and for those who don’t get a second chance.

We pray for those we smother ….. and for those who will grab at the hand of anybody kind enough to offer it.

 Author unknown

5 Responses to “A special poem Gil Harrington wanted to Share with you”

  1. Edwin Cooper, MD says:

    And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you (Gil), Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

    Matthew 25:40
    King James Bible

  2. lyn says:

    the voice of an angel. the vision of a saint. the heart of a warrior.


  3. lyn says:

    let peace, harmony, and justice prevail. “peaceful” warrior. 241

  4. Lynne brubaker says:

    I can see it all vividly, you, Karen, everyone, giving all the love you have to the beautiful people of Zambia. I wish I was there with you, photographing the smiles that you create.

  5. joe guthrie says:

    Thank you! I can literally “feel” what you are saying…what a gift, to have such powerful words and thoughts.

    Peace and Love,

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