Abiding Prayers

We came here to pray,
eyes clasped, hands closed;
squeezed together between narrow chapel pews.
They inspire us to dream.
We are the ones longing for miracles,
hoping to break free,
to feel whole again, to breathe.
Therefore, we will fight to the end,
and never give up.

We came here to pray;
to recover our strength,
and to rebuild endurance for the journey ahead.
We will stand tall, even on our knees,
and conjure our own miracles if we must.
We will soldier on, hands on heart,
hearts in hand

And we will call out the sins of those who try to rob us of our voice.

We came here to pray for guidance and to serve notice.
We will learn again how to embrace our similar differences

and feel comfortable with ourselves.
We will work harder together

for we now know that the strength to overcome

our common struggles lies within us.
We cannot afford to stand down;

not until the sweet scent of victory lights our way – home.

We came here to pray;
for catharsis, renewal, and hope;
to embrace our dreams and to hold hands even without touching.
Our shared ambition will remain
a beacon that animates our protest
and link our thirst for fairness

like an unbreakable thread of resistance binding our lives together,

We came here to stay.
We will not leave.
We will not back down
not until our prayers are answered.

8 thoughts on “Abiding Prayers”

  1. Another masterful piece Kevin. 👏👏👏👏
    The religious can certainly associate with the importance and power of prayer.
    Thank you for sharing your brilliance.

  2. Thanks for reminding us of the meaning of prayer The beauty of these sentiments ring true in this presentation

  3. Carla Mills-Diamond

    Thanks for sharing. The essence of our struggles, the story of hope eternal and unexplainable resilience are eloquently and economically articulated. Let us never forget to pray. Let us never lose hope. Very well written. Congratulations.

  4. Benedict Chigara

    Strength is the most widely given blessing of the Lord. Here you attend to one of its many noble uses. The strength to declare righteousness, justification and relentless ness in the pursuit of recognition and not denial.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Discover more from Verbal Photography

Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.

Continue reading