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A Prayer

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Corinne
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0 posted 06-01-2000 12:15 PM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Corinne

A Prayer

Never been very good at prayer,
It conjures up musty memories
Of pristine white dresses, doily hats,
Fingertips pointed toward heaven,
Kneeling for a child’s eternity,
Curl of incense depleting air
As simple sins were counted
On one small hand.

Even then it was just ritual,
Beads dangled, totted up en masse.
Whenever I was in real trouble,
Promises made, a new me,
If just granted this one wish.

The one time I needed answers,
My situation loudly dire,
My mind formed a message,
Make good on past promises.
In my flawed stubborn way
I am changing, drastically.
Still the darkness threatens,
Closing claustrophobically,

While the person I counted on
Struggles for strength.
Again pleading prayers,
This time not for me,
But for the suffering one
Who won’t pray for release.

© 2000 Corinne Bailey


© Copyright 2000 Corinne - All Rights Reserved
Parker
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1 posted 06-01-2000 12:23 PM       View Profile for Parker   Email Parker   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Parker's Home Page   View IP for Parker

Well, I'm not a religious person though I was brought up that way. Dressing up every sonday in a little suit. I hope your friend finds the strength to help themself in prayer or whatever is possible, and I hope you my friend can be a little relieved.

Parker
Martie
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2 posted 06-01-2000 03:23 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

You write with such simple truthfull words...I can see the little girl still in you.  
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Corinne,

It is amazing how we all tend to get on the prayer bandwagon when things go wrong in life, but seem to forget when things are going our way.  I hope the one you counted on is granted that release. Hard to stand by and watch those we love suffer needlessly.  My prayers are with you and your loved one.  

Lone Wolf


 Friends are friend forever if the Lord's the Lord of them and a friend will not say never cause the welcome will not end.
--Michael W. Smith
Corinne
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4 posted 06-01-2000 04:34 PM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corinne

Parker, Martie and Lone Wolf,

y'all are the reasons I keep coming back here, so much caring in this room!

Thank you very much.

Corinne
Elizabeth Santos
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5 posted 06-01-2000 04:39 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Corrine, You have a way,of putting things simply, yet with strength, and I do so admire all of your writing
Liz
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6 posted 06-01-2000 04:46 PM       View Profile for brian madden   Email brian madden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for brian madden

Never been very good at prayer,
It conjures up musty memories
Of pristine white dresses, doily hats,
Fingertips pointed toward heaven,
Kneeling for a child’s eternity,
Curl of incense depleting air
As simple sins were counted
On one small hand.

Even then it was just ritual,
Beads dangled, totted up en masse.
Whenever I was in real trouble,
Promises made, a new me,
If just granted this one wish.

I always saw prayers as been somewhat futile in mass anyway, people just mumbled the words without thinking what they meant and at the end of it thought they were holy just because they stepped inside achurch. I eblieve real prayers are felt, they don't need words, anyway, ranting yet again.

a wonderful poem, powerful. certainly can relate to this.

In my flawed stubborn way
I am changing, drastically.
Still the darkness threatens,
Closing claustrophobically,



 ------------------------
"I've been too honest with myself I should have lied like everybody else"-Richey Edwards

"Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints. Kill nothing but time".

Baltimore Grotto

"Libraries gave us power
Then work came and made us free
What price now for a shallow piece of dignity"
Nicky Wire, A design for Life.

manic street preachers

La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh)
"Life has been unfaithful And it all promised so so much
I am a relic I am just a petrified cry Wheeled out once a year, a cenotaph souvenir
The applause nails down my silence
La tristesse durera
Scream to a sigh, to a sigh
I see liberals I am just a fashion accessory
People send postcards
And they all hope I'm feeling well I retreat into self-pity, it's so easy Where they patronise my misery
La tristesse durera
Scream to a sigh, to a sigh
I sold my medal
It paid a bill
It sells at market stalls Parades Milan catwalks
The sadness will never go Will never go away
Baby it's here to stay

Corinne
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7 posted 06-01-2000 08:47 PM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corinne

Thanks, Liz and Brian (and I enjoy reading all of your work, too, Liz!)!!!

Corinne
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8 posted 06-01-2000 11:19 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Corrine, this one painted pictures very vividly in my mind such as counting sins on one small hand. You did a beautiful job here.
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9 posted 06-02-2000 01:03 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Very well done, Corinne!  

Denise
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10 posted 06-03-2000 10:56 PM       View Profile for Alle'cram   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alle'cram

Corinne,
  Don't give up nor dispare, for God does hear and answer prayers. I promise, it's His Word. Remember, we of flesh can do nothing but ask HIM, believing. Learn to depend on God for your strength, hon, HE loves you that much. Blessings to you sweetheart. marcy
Corinne
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11 posted 06-04-2000 08:47 PM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corinne

Thanks, Balla"deer" and Denise!

Thank you, Marcy, for the kind encouraging words.

Corinne

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12 posted 06-04-2000 08:55 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Corinne~
In your gentle strength and faith-
your friend has prayer working for them.
To pray for ourselves is necessary,
to pray for a friend is compassion.
That is a good thing, my thoughtful friend.
Love ya'
~*Marge*~


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SpitFire
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13 posted 06-04-2000 09:36 PM       View Profile for SpitFire   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SpitFire

~Corinne,...I have to agree with everyone else,...this is a great poem, a great expression.  I too feel that prayers are felt.  You have a solid heart to be praying for another.  Take care. *Peace.

[This message has been edited by SpitFire (edited 06-04-2000).]
poetFemmeFatale
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14 posted 06-05-2000 11:27 AM       View Profile for poetFemmeFatale   Email poetFemmeFatale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for poetFemmeFatale

Corinne, I'm with Balladeer here...very tender thoughts and pictures you paint with this.  Sad yet lovely in one unique package.  Loved it.  
Corinne
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Thank you, Marge, I just hope the prayer is heard, ya know?  

Thankyou, Spit Fire and PoetFemmeFatale, for such sweet, kind words, heartfelt they are.

Corinne
 
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