Poetry Poetry Friday

[Poetry Friday] Poetry in Prayer

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Fats here.

My contribution for today’s Poetry Friday is a little different. It’s not your typical poetry, but it is food for the soul nonetheless. This is a prayer written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry during one of the roughest moments of his life. I hope we can all learn from his beautiful words. Happy Poetry Friday!

Poetry Friday round-up is hosted by Penny Parker Klostermann of A Penny and Her Jots.

The Little Prince
“The Little Prince”, presented by Harmony Theatre Company and School at Rarig Proscenium. Photo: Dave Stagner.

Lord, I am not praying for miracles and visions, I’m only asking for
strength for my days. Teach me the art of small steps.

Make me clever and resourceful, so that I can find important
discoveries and experiences among the diversity of days.

Help me use my time better. Present me with the sense to be able
to judge whether something is important or not.

I pray for the power of discipline and moderation, not only to run
throughout my life, but also to live my days reasonably, and
observe unexpected pleasures and heights.

Save me from the naive belief that everything in life has
to go smoothly. Give me the sober recognition that difficulties,
failures, fiascos, and setbacks are given to us by life itself
to make us grow and mature.

Send me the right person at the right moment, who will have
enough courage and love to utter the truth!

I know that many problems solve themselves, so please
teach me patience.

You know how much we need friendship. Make me worthy of this
nicest, hardest, riskiest and most fragile gift of life.

Give me enough imagination to be able to share with someone
a little bit of warmth, in the right place, at the right time,
with words or with silence.

Spare me the fear of missing out on life.

Do not give me the things I desire, but the things I need.

Teach me the art of small steps.


Fats is the Assistant Manager for Circulation Services at the Wayne County Public Library in Wooster, Ohio. She considers herself a reader of all sorts, although she needs to work on her non-fiction reading. Fats likes a good mystery but is not too fond of thrillers. She takes book hoarding seriously and enjoys collecting bookmarks and tote bags. When she is not reading, Fats likes to shop pet apparel for her cat Penny (who absolutely loathes it).

1 comment on “[Poetry Friday] Poetry in Prayer

  1. I love that. I might have to print it out and put it on my wall.


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