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Black Friday Prayer

by Tony Whitaker

I couldn’t help but hear
standing in line today
the young woman behind me
harping having to wait to pay

I wonder if she ever thinks
of the millions waiting each day
in long lines for a bowl of rice
or the bullet taking their squalid life away

If she ever feels so weak
from weeks with nothing to eat
or looking into her dying child’s eyes
so full of fear
covered with flies

If she ever gets so cold
not feeling her feet
wandering dark city streets
looking for a warm safe haven
just to lay her head to sleep

Thank You for all the joys
in this wonder-filled life
like nice possessions
two grown children
and let's not forget
my friends and my wife

Now guide this old mind
as I turn around in this line
and somehow get to this girl
showing how wonderful she has it

As wants the rest of the world


Posted on 11/23/2007
Copyright © 2021 Tony Whitaker

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by A. Paige White on 11/23/07 at 03:50 PM

Oh wow, Tony. Thank you for this beautifully poetic reminder. It makes my heart take wings to read where someone else is reminded by the ungrateful called alongside us toe remember to be thankful. My pick for potd.

Posted by Charles M Harrison on 11/25/07 at 01:55 PM

Ohh, I like very much.

Posted by Alisa Js on 11/26/07 at 06:19 AM

I think the whole 'black friday' mess was one of the cleverest marketing ploys yet! and yes, works to get our minds off the real picture of what's happening here in the US and around the world.. a spiritual starvation of the truth! the real truth! We need to get our minds off all this comfort and material possession hogwash and onto those things which are eternally secure... and will stand the test of time! alisa ;-)

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 11/28/09 at 05:40 PM

Thank you, Tony, for this. Would that it could be posted on every storefront. You are precious for this and more.

Posted by Angela Stevens on 07/06/11 at 03:46 PM

Really liked this. Reminds me to be more thankful.

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