Poem of the Day, April 30: The Tiniest of Prayers, Patricia Monaghan

In Prayers to Protest: Poems That Center & Bless Us, there are rants and protests. But mostly, there are poems, however you might label them, that have centered and blessed those who penned them. There are paradise islands here upon which to get lost and found again. These subjects are private places of the heart and spirit, but they are also matters of principle. Some are topics parents told us not to discuss in polite company–sex, politics, and religion are discussed here in company with concern more for stewardship and the seventh generation than for rules invented by a few. Here, prayer is often that pause before the divine within–that pause that leads to behavior change that enables Us to Save ourselves and many corners of this world. 

Patricia Monaghan was a member of Society of Friends and author of two books of poetry; Winterburning and Season of the Witch; three books of nonfiction, The Book of Goddesses and Heroines, O Mother Sun, and Working Wisdom; and editor of three literary collections. She passed away in 2012 after a two year battle with cancer.


The Tiniest of Prayers

Paper burns easily. It does not take
a bomb to destroy these words, nor

an explosion to drown a voice in a silent
room. It does not take the world’s end

for prayers to be unheard. Smaller violence
suffices. But as you read this, ten thousand

poets are raising their pens. A million songs
are being chanted into the precious air.

When all we have’s so temporal, so fragile,
small prayers must suffice. We pray on paper

that the world does not yet end:
we act in concert to sustain it.

-Patricia Monaghan

(c )in the name of the poet or assigns. Used for educational purposes and for the promotion of the poet and personal growth of the reader.

Journal Prompt:

  • Write in celebration or praise of poetry.
  • If you have been following these poems each day, or weekly, write about the impact of daily poetry from poets you may not have known.
  • Write a tiny prayer.

Thank you for joining us for Poem of the Day during National Poetry Month, April 2018!

One Response to Poem of the Day, April 30: The Tiniest of Prayers, Patricia Monaghan

  1. Carol Roberts May 10, 2018 at 6:55 pm #

    If prayer only changed me, but if many others prayed and their prayer changed them, we could start a tiny revolution for good.

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