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Karen Friedland: A Prayer for Rough Sleepers

Someone, give us the strength 

to survive this particular onslaught 

of cell-death and other indignities, 


to live through this special riot 

of political mayhem and refugee-making, 

this nonstop deforestation and sickening life-taking. 


Help us find a way to praise the magic 

of returning birds in springtime, 

of hurt cells finally healing, 

and of rough sleepers everywhere 

soothed and cradled, loved and placated, 

asleep in the right kind of arms.

Copyright 2019 Karen Friedland

Karen Friedland’s Places That Are Gone is available from Nixes Mate Books.

4 comments on “Karen Friedland: A Prayer for Rough Sleepers

  1. karenpoppy
    December 11, 2021

    Such a beautiful poem. A balm.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Maggie
    December 17, 2019

    Love your words … it helps!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Conrad Squires
    December 16, 2019

    Karen, I love this poem!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Daniel Burston
    December 16, 2019


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