Prayer for a Child

Love the true things
Know that
The largest state
Is the state of grace
That the capitals of countries
Are the exclamation fever points
In the sentence that is humanity

Love the hard things   
Grow in thoughts
and presence of mind
Through pursuits of dreams
on paths dim and sometimes

Love the broken things
Seek to heal
and not be lost
Don’t count the cost
Of giving, care, and comfort

Love the lovely things
Sun on the chair
where you read
The thick green life of gardens
The cats on the carpet
Your grandmother’s hand
Growing smaller with time
Don’t leave these behind

Love the true things (10)