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Prayer for Poets

May 3, 2017


NOTE:  Although we have turned the calendar to the month of May, I am sharing with you today a poem which I wrote for the final weekend (April 29-30) of National Poetry Month and for my fellow poets who, from around the United States and Canada, post their writings on a particular e-mail list of the writers’ organization Behind Our Eyes.



An April Prayer for Poets


by Alice Jane-Marie Massa



God bless the poets

who open their souls

on pages and manuscripts,

who use their hearts like feathered plumes

to write vivid, velvet verses

for readers wanting only a measured dose of craft.


God bless the hands that shape this craft:

let their hands always be strong

to write, type, and/or braille

the stanzas, opinions, poems

of all stages of life–

through a rainbow of emotions,

deep wells of challenge,

the pampered and plush seasons of life.


God bless the poets

and grant them patience

to await publication,

kudos, honors, congratulations,

or just quiet praise.

Let them be patient

to hear all that a critic has to offer;

then, give the poet

the diligence

to be wise

about what to revise,

what to keep.


God bless the poet’s mind

with clarity, creativity,

wit, humor,

understanding, and grace.

Grant each poet a good memory

with perspective and empathy.

Allow each poet to overflow

with sparkling ideas.


Additionally, please bless each poet

with gratitude for talent,

gracious acceptance of compliments,

sincere humility, and

more than a modicum of modesty.


Then, dear Lord, let these poets

help lead

a world of art and artistry

to avoid

a world of wars–

even a war of words.


Saint David, patron saint of poets,

bless each poet’s computer and saved file

and please watch over all poets this April day.



With thanks for a wonderful, memorable National Poetry Month and

best wishes for the merry month of May,

Alice and Leader Dog Willow


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Alice is author of the book The Christmas Carriage and Other Writings of the Holiday Season, copyright 2016.


May 3, 2017, Wednesday



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  1. This is such a great heart felt poem i loved it great work :)if you could check out some of my works ,It’ll be helpful 🙂

  2. mfanyo permalink

    And many blessings to you and Willow, Alice, for your continued gift of beautiful, thought-provoking poetry inspired by your Wordwalks with Willow!
    Love, Mary

    • Mary–Thanks for this comment and all of your weekly comments.

      Have a good weekend–Alice

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