Rookie - 57 Points (29 September 1970 / South Africa)

Absent Prayers - Poem by YURI DURAAN

I find it easy to pray for
other people -
to wish them happiness
it makes me feel
virtuous and
a little bit righteous…
especially when praying for my enemies…

Oh! How I can pray for my enemies!
“those who have trespassed against…”
litany after litany
during dark nights
pacing the wooden floors
with my bare feet,
avoiding the accusatory reflections
of my own eyes
in bare windows…

“Pray for me! ” it says as I turn a corner
“Pray for me! ” as I go up the stairs,
my voice repeating incantations -
names of those I pray for –
my mouth forming the syllables
the many requests..
fervently I pray
for them
not for me

never for me

Comments about Absent Prayers by YURI DURAAN

  • Bronze Star - 2,513 Points Tony Karas (7/9/2013 10:49:00 PM)

    Wow man! Excellent! I am exactly the same way... for I know I am no worthy of prayers. (Report) Reply

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  • Freshman - 916 Points Colin Jeffery (8/17/2008 2:18:00 PM)

    A very moving poem from a great poet (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Gone with the wind (7/2/2008 3:35:00 PM)

    One of the best poems I ever read! A 10 (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 118 Points Rani Turton (6/8/2008 5:59:00 PM)

    Very readable, and thought-provoking too. Do we often pray for our enemies I mean? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 1 Points C.R. Clark (6/8/2008 6:59:00 AM)

    I believe that God expects our prayers to be completely unselfish.I think he must be very pleased with yours. What a beautiful attitude you have, dear lady, and what a lovely poem you have written. Thank you.
    Richard (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 96 Points Vidyadhara ..... (6/8/2008 5:57:00 AM)

    hmm.very interesting and beautifully concieved theme.............good poem (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,748 Points Loyd C. Taylor, Sr. (6/6/2008 3:13:00 PM)

    Hello my friend and this is an awesome poem and a awonderful occupation and past time to pray! Good! Loyd (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 877 Points marvin brato (6/6/2008 6:37:00 AM)

    A poetic masterpiece that depicts true character! A 10-. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Broken Peaces (6/5/2008 5:34:00 PM)

    A caring clever play with genuine feelings Yuri you are a heartfelt person and your own personal happiness will be a fitting reward regards Chris (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kevin Wells (6/5/2008 9:20:00 AM)

    A clever blend of honesty and Irony...love it! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, June 5, 2008

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