For a Young Girl
by Alice B. Clagett

photo by Alice B. Clagett

She’d a mom she loved but couldn’t live with
            and a dad she lived with but couldn’t love.

At 18, through the grace of God, mainly,
            her teachers gave her
                        a high school diploma.

Two weeks later
            she flew into
                        the brawny arms
                                    of the Army
                                                who would teach her to cook.

She left last month for Germany,
            or so they say.
Really, we don’t know where she is.

But the heart of this poet knows for sure
            that the youth of this land
                        are but grist in the mill
                                    of our President’s
                                                o’erarching ambition.

The world is waiting to see
            more than John Wayne
            at the helm of a nation
            full of good people
                       who don’t know what to do.

Dear ones,
         pray for peace in this land
         pray for tolerance of all faiths
                  of all who feel that money isn’t everything.

May we love our neighbors and all nations.

May we find a friend in Jesus
             and a friend in Mohammed too.

May Iraq forgive us our trespasses.

May we forgive ourselves this mayhem,

             and fill our lives
                        and the lives of our children
                                    now and forever
                                                with peace.

                 --a gift of love, May 2006

photo of Mt. Shasta by Alice B. Clagett
from "The Chalice and the Crucible"   Site home page: 2U3D

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