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Michael Simms: Our Father who art in flowers

Our Father who art in flowers

In the corner of the birds/ in the heart

Of compassion/ in charity

In patience and forgiveness

Our Father who art in me

You are the One I love

The One who hurt me

The One who seeks the truth

Father of ours/ you are the One

Who stayed with me

And the One who left me

Wounded by longing

Hallowed by Your name

For all that is beautiful

Good/ fair/ gracious

Lead us to Your kingdom

Of peace and justice

Faith and charity

Light and love

Forgive me my mistakes

Forgive my heart when it turns cold

Forgive me as I forgive those

Who offend me/ Forgive me

Even when my heart turns bitter

And troubled by ingratitude

Rid me of evil/ of violence

Rid me of pain/ of heartache

And disappointment/ But still

When such difficulties are necessary

Give me strength and courage

To say Thank you Father

For this lesson

Copyright 2019 Michael Simms. Adapted from many prayers overheard and misheard.

From the collection American Ash (Ragged Sky Press, 2020).

9 comments on “Michael Simms: Our Father who art in flowers

  1. Deborah DeNicola
    June 17, 2021

    This is a gorgeous prayer! We should say it daily ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

  2. John Tieman, Ph. D.
    May 5, 2021

    Lovely. Absolutely lovely.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. larac7
    August 20, 2019

    Thank you, Michael, for the blessings your poetry bestows upon us and blessings to Eva as well. Namaste

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Charles Davidson
    June 16, 2019

    Father, thank you for Michael Simms!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Patricia A. Nugent
    June 16, 2019

    I love this. An update to the prayer I know so well – yet more deeply touches the human spirit and soul. Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

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