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A Prayer Against Ignorance (Edited)
Mike Finley (July 4,1950 / Flint, Michigan)

A Prayer Against Ignorance (Edited)

God Eternal!
Thy beginning knows no starting
And Thy end knows no beginning,
Thy kingdom is from everlasting to everlasting,
Thy foundation is truth
And Thy dominion is exercised in love,
-Unconditional love! -

Speak and reveal Thyself to this mortal soul,
If Thy voice is silence,
Let me hear it,
If Thy whisper is in the wind,
Let it not blow past me,
If thunder is Thy utterance,
Let me find peace with it
And if Thy cry is in the spirit of Thy word,
Let it possess me.

Set Thy image before me
In dazzling paintings of lightning
And may I trace Thy fingerprints
In the simple complexities of nature.

In this preparatory school of life,
Self is my greatest obstacle,
Humankind my greatest challenge,
Evil my greatest enemy.
Grant me Thy victory over them all.

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Comments (3)

Mike, your poem reminds me of Gibran's ultimate defiance of grief: 'The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.' love, Alison
The spirit never dies... Enjoying the spiritual focus in your poetry, Mike, and I esp. like the fourth couplet (tho' it is tough choosing a favorite) ... A needed exhortation, this.
I am especially fond of the visual image of your enemy hammering your tears into jewelry for himself, because that is truly the way some people are - if they can bring you to your knees, then the are happy. Good write, Mike