Dear children of Newtown, you there, in Connecticut,
May you rest tonight in a safe bed.
May you eat dinner cooked in the holy kitchen of love.
May you play with a dog you hold dear,
Or a cat with whiskers that spring up from her muzzle
Like so many fountains of kisses.
May your mom or dad or grandma pick you up from school;
May you feel held in their arms like a prayer;
May you be safe, with all our prayers
For the world’s children.
~ Mary Ann Barton