With Prayers for the World’s Children

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

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