Prayer for Our Daughters

May they never be lonely at parties

Or wait for mail from people they haven’t written

Or still in middle age ask God for favors

Or forbid their children things they were never forbidden.

 

May hatred be like a habit they never developed

And can’t see the point of, like gambling or heavy drinking.

If they forget themselves, may it be in music

Or the kind of prayer that makes a garden of thinking.

 

May they enter the coming century

Like swans under a bridge into enchantment

And take with them enough of this century

To assure their grandchildren it really happened.

 

May they find a place to love, without nostalgia

For some place else that they can never go back to.

And may they find themselves, as we have found them,

Complete at each stage of their lives, each part they add to.

 

May they be themselves, long after we’ve stopped watching.

May they return from every kind of suffering

(Except the last, which doesn’t bear repeating)

And be themselves again, both blessed and blessing.

 

—Mark Jarman, from To the Green Man

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In honor of the 22nd birthday of my daughter, Remy Choate Davis, who has been for many both blessed and blessing.

 

 

One Comment on “Prayer for Our Daughters

  1. I love this, Heather. Forgetting myself in music today!  Life is not about waiting for the storms to end, but about learning to dance in the rain!! Deb W.

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