honest repetitions

to avoid gentile
my said petitions have long
been brief:
     watch over her, and our children.
     have mercy on me a sinner. thank you.
as far as I can tell the
predictability of my provincial prayers
has offended
neither the son
nor the father.
i fancy they are
lines heaven has grown fond of
and listens for each evening
as stars
strut their stuff
like they did the night before.

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  1. jenny fitzgerald on September 14, 2015 at 6:43 am

    Beautiful! He loves our repetitions…He knows our hearts. Thank you.

  2. Beth Impson on September 14, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Oh, I love it!

  3. monicasharman on September 14, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Nowadays, mine tend to be short and repetitive too:

    Have mercy.
    Don’t let me give up.
    Thank you.

  4. Michele Morin on September 14, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    . . . therefore, let your words be few.

  5. genesmith12 on September 14, 2015 at 4:36 pm


  6. avamw on September 14, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Thank you, your simple prayer is sweet comfort…

  7. timfranklininvt on September 19, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    I love this!
    “gentile jabbering”
    “have long been brief”
    I appreciate the thoughtful phrasing, as well as what you are saying about prayer. If the stars can be repetitious, perhaps it’s okay for me as well. I don’t tire of the repetition of goodnight kiss and “I love you.” No need to get fancy.
    Thanks, John!

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