Prayer For Us

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Contributor: John Ogden

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Keep us safe from wishes
that would tear us apart

bind us against the fleeting joys
that lead to regret and despair

tie our hands when we reach
for the tools of self-harm

deny us the chasing of dreams
that would sunder us completely

give us only pain
that we can easily overcome

strain us, restrain us
only to save us, maintain us
the sweetness
that make each dawn
worth waking up
to watch.

Let us love,
As Lennons do

Let us live
As Buffetts do

Let us lie together
in the end
As Yeagers and Mosers do.

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John Ogden was conceived of a government form and a passing mailbox. He lives somewhere out in the woods of a rural land more akin to the fantasy realms of literature than real life, and his favorite dirt bikes will always be the broken ones.


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