Freely combining both Eye-Candy Friday with the Second Annual Blogger’s Silent Poetry Reading, I present the following:


School Prayer
by Diane Ackerman

In the name of the daybreak
and the eyelids of morning
and the wayfaring moon
and the night when it departs,

I swear I will not dishonor
my soul with hatred,
but offer myself humbly
as a guardian of nature,
as a healer of misery,
as a messenger of wonder,
as an architect of peace.

In the name of the sun and its mirrors
and the day that embraces it
and the cloud veils drawn over it
and the uttermost night
and the male and the female
and the plants bursting with seed
and the crowning seasons
of the firefly and the apple,

I will honor all life
–wherever and in whatever form
it may dwell–on Earth my home
and in the mansions of the stars.

5 Thoughts on “Brain Candy

  1. That is lovely.

  2. Gracie on February 2, 2007 at 3:52 pm said:


  3. Inspiring. Thank you for posting it!

  4. Both poem and photo are lovely.

  5. A very beautiful poem. I had posted on Friday as well, but I think blogger was down!

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