A Prayer for Kids and Parents
Baby, let me look through your solemn stare
to the wisdom of the ancients
Of the billions who came and will come.
Allow me the confidence to learn from you,
To feel your timelessness.
Let me see your future and our future
Be a mirror unto me.
Baby, let me bear the sound of your anger
And hear the world's fury in your lungs
Your cries are their muffled pain and injustice
Your cries are my muffled pain and my injustice.
Shout from the rooftops so the wind can carry them
Around the world and back again
So all beings are expressed
And we can be quiet again, for a time.
Baby, let me laugh along with you
So I see the absurdity we created here
That you so easily laugh away
As if you had never learned.
Let me see the hilarity of my own existence
and the importance I cling to, through you.
Baby, let me cry along with you
To mourn for you and all mankind
The unbearable sadness on our shoulders.
Let me cry with you the tears I never cried.
Let me see your tears as but the stormy ocean
Mother Earth herself, churning in agony.
Let me remember what it's like to care
About everyone and everything, through you.
Baby, let me dance in your field of creativity
To remember my own boundlessness
To remember possibility
To see the game in all of life
To create new angles these bones hadn't thought of.
Baby, let me accompany you in surprise
Opening my world again to hope
Opening our world again to hope
That there are new beginnings
Despite the grooved tracks of roads and brains.
Baby, let me let you be
That your peace will fuel a world of peace
That your integrity will inspire wholeness in us
That your being will honor all beings
---to all the babies and parents I played with, and everyone else too