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Posted Tue Apr 13th, 2010 11:11pm Post subject: Poems

by Carmen Bernos de Gasztold (translated by Rumer Godden)

The Prayer of the Little Bird
Dear God,
I don't know how to pray by myself
very well,
but will You please
protect my little nest from wind and rain?
Put a great deal of dew on the flowers,
many seeds in my way.

Make Your blue very high,
Your branches lissom;
let Your kind light stay late in the sky
and set my heart brimming with such music
that I must sing, sing, sing...
Please, Lord.

The Prayer of the Mouse
I am so little and gray,
dear God,
how can You keep me in mind?
Always spied upon,
always chased.
Nobody ever gives me anything
and I nibble meagerly at life.
Why do they reproach me with being a mouse?
Who made me but You?
I only ask to stay hidden.
Give me my hunger's pittance
safe from the claws
of that devil with green eyes.

The Prayer of the Little Ducks
Dear God,
give us a flood of water.
Let it rain tomorrow and always.
Give us plenty of little slugs
and other luscious things to eat.
Protect all folk who quack
and everyone who knows how to swim.

I no longer believe that we can keep silent. We never really do, mind you. In one way or another, we articulate what has happened to us through the kind of people we become.
---Azar Nafisi

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