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Carl Sandburg - Our Prayer of Thanks

For the gladness here where the sun is shining at
evening on the weeds at the river,
Our prayer of thanks.

For the laughter of children who tumble barefooted and
bareheaded in the summer grass,
Our prayer of thanks.

For the sunset and the stars, the women and the white
arms that hold us,
Our prayer of thanks.

God,
If you are deaf and blind, if this is all lost to you,
God, if the dead in their coffins amid the silver handles
on the edge of town, or the reckless dead of war
days thrown unknown in pits, if these dead are
forever deaf and blind and lost,
Our prayer of thanks.

God,
The game is all your way, the secrets and the signals and
the system; and so for the break of the game and
the first play and the last.
Our prayer of thanks.

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Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 11. Our Prayer of Thanks
Volume: Chicago Poems
- The Road and the End
Poem of the Day: Aug 2 2010

Comment 2 of 2, added on March 13th, 2006 at 12:28 PM.

I love this poem. It's really personal to me, because it's the perfect example of thanking God in everything. Not FOR everything mind you, but just thanking him no matter what. ^_^

Payton
Comment 1 of 2, added on October 29th, 2004 at 2:04 PM.

I really love your poem hey ijust want to meeet you and want to know how you get to write the gooooooooooooooood poem

Laura Garcia from United States

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