Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Poetry Tuesday:" Prayer for Our Daughters" by Mark Jarman

(Two of my sweet great-nieces.)


Prayer for Our Daughters


May they never be lonely at parties
Or wait for mail from people they haven't written
Or still in middle age ask God for favors
Or forbid their children things they were never forbidden.

May hatred be like a habit they never developed
And can't see the point of, like gambling or heavy drinking.
If they forget themselves, may it be in music
Or the kind of prayer that makes a garden of thinking.

May they enter the coming century
Like swans under a bridge into enchantment
And take with them enough of this century
To assure their grandchildren it really happened.

May they find a place to love, without nostalgia
For some place else that they can never go back to.
And may they find themselves, as we have found them,
Complete at each stage of their lives, each part they add to.

May they be themselves, long after we've stopped watching.
May they return from every kind of suffering
(Except the last, which doesn't bear repeating)
And be themselves again, both blessed and blessing.

--Mark Jarman

37 comments:

Seams Inspired said...

Love it! Almost makes me weepy. My favorite line...

And may they find themselves, as we have found them,
Complete at each stage of their lives, each part they add to.


Thanks, Betty! That's exactly what I needed this AM. Happy Tuesday! :o)

Desiree said...

That is beautiful!

Madi and Mom said...

BB you find the most meaning and beautiful poetry....your Great nieces are precious.
Thank you for sharing this with us.
Hugs Madi and Mom

Jules said...

Great poem Betty, loved the last line. Have a great one :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Munir said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful poem.
I think my Mom and both of my grandmas must have had something like that in their minds (in our langauge) for me. Otherwise in today's hectic times I would not be able to do good as I would like. This can make a good
"VICHAR" something that most parents carry in their pockets for their kids.

Catherine said...

Beautiful!
xo Catherine

Cool Gal said...

What a beautiful poem, Betty. My mom needs to see this, too! :)

Teresa Evangeline said...

"Complete at each stage of their lives..." caught me. What a good wish to hold for anyone. "May they return from every kind of suffering," is very poignant. This is such a good poem, filled with goodness. Thank you so much for sharing it.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

A wonderful poem Betty a wee bit weepy, I have one daughter , have written many a poem about her in different situations of life,

Thanks for sharing.
Yvonne,

Out on the prairie said...

A poem with a smile, I shall share it with my daughters and see their reaction.

Leah J. Utas said...

Aye.

Voices in My Head said...

How appropriate on today of all days! Those little girls are gorgeous and so is their older sister who turns 13 today.

Sarah said...

And every mother should take this to heart when they look at their daughters.

Baby Sister said...

That was beautiful. Thank you Betty. I should keep this and share it with future daughters one day.

Donna said...

Very pretty!! Have a wonderful day!
hughugs

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

Lovely words and lovely photo- such cute little ones.

Old Kitty said...

Awwww your great neices are just adorable!!!

This prayer is so powerful!!! Thanks for sharing!

Take care
x

Velvet Over Steel said...

Blogger ate my comment... oh well!! lol

This poem is so beautiful and although I don't have any daughters, it did make me think about my sweet 3 year old niece growing up in this world today!

I'm going to share this with her parents! Thanks for sharing, Betty!

Bella said...

What a beautiful poem! Thank you so much for sharing. I'm going to pass it on. :)

Theanne and Baron said...

Lovely poem! Enjoyed visiting your blog!

Barbara Shallue said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing it!

Anne Gallagher said...

What a beautiful poem. I'll have to copy it out and give it Monster Child when she's old enough to appreciate it.

Brian said...

That one is very meaningful!

Liz said...

I hope my girls are besties like this!

Daisy said...

Lovely poem! Your great nieces are so cute, Betty. :D

Jayne said...

Oh, so beautiful. I'm going to have to print this. And I don't think those two cuties will ever be lonely at parties. ;)

Ann said...

lovely poem. I think I'll send it to my daughter

Marlene said...

they are beautiful...and so is the poem!

faye said...

Really Beautiful poem and so
are your great-nieces..

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

Wow. That should be printed and framed in my house.

Linda said...

I feel compelled to admit that most poetry goes over my head. I love Longfellow's "Evangeline," but there are parts, even in that beloved story, that aren't easily understood. So you'll understand if I'm not really into your Poetry Tuesday. That said, though, I enjoyed today's selection. The lines I most identified with were, "May they find a place to love, without nostalgia for some place else that they can never go back to," probably because I often experience that very sense of nostalgia.

Cheeseboy said...

Love the swans under a bridge metaphor. Perfect. So much hope in this poem. Seems fitting for the coming generation of girls.

Ms. A said...

Very fitting hopes & dreams, for every daughter, everywhere.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

What a wonderful prayer, and those girls are precious. Are they twins? They look so much alike.
xoRobyn

Zuzana said...

What a beautiful and poignant set of lovely and wise lines.;)
And such an endearing picture to go with.;))
xoxo

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

This is so, so lovely! And, what dolls, they are.

Cricket said...

This is beautiful, as both a poem and a prayer. Thanks for sharing.

Pretty much works for our sons, too.