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calling an Angel




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
had a “teddy bear go to market,” who are
born in places where we wouldn’t
be caught dead, who never get to
go to the circus, who live in an
X-rated world.
We pray for 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 any
bread to steal, who don’t have any
rooms to clean up, whose pictures
aren’t on anybody’s dresser,
whose monsters are real.
We pray for children who
spend all their allowance before
Tuesday, who throw tantrums in the
grocery store and pick at their food,
who like ghost stories, who shove dirty
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 children who want to
be carried and those who must, who we
never give up on and for those who
don’t get a second chance. For those
we smother and for those who will grab
the hand of anybody kind enough to
offer it...

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trhip's avatar
I absolutely love this.