A Prayer by Brenda Shoss

michigan-misery-2My prayer tonight is for all who
lie down in chains and cages.

Alone and afraid on
a concrete floor.
Soundless screams behind
the clang of metal.
Locked in rooms
most will never see.

I feel their fear arise in my soul
Ancient yet new…
A primal flame burning against
the walls of my heart.

I want to scream an endless note,
Loud and true:

Clubbed.
Forgotten.
Dismembered.
Forgotten.
Gassed.
Forgotten.
Beaten.
Forgotten.
Burned.
Forgotten.
Electrocuted.
Forgotten.
Abandoned.
Forgotten.
Poisoned.
Forgotten.
Skinned.
Forgotten.
Shot.
Forgotten.
Caged.
Forgotten.
Shackled.
Forgotten.
Murdered.
Forgotten.

And with my eyes,
they will be seen.

With my voice,
they will be heard.

With my hands,
they will know comfort.

With my action,
they will be free.

Dear God, fill their oppressors
with mercy and empathy.
Dear God, instill compassion
where there is apathy.
Replace horror with grace.
Bloodshed with healing.

Restore all humans and animals
to their natural place.
Liberate all humans and animals
from greed, violence and hate.

So that tonight and evermore,
ALL may lie down to sleep
unchained
uncaged
free.

AMEN

By Brenda Shoss,
Kinship Circle 2005

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Responses

  1. Very powerful.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Weeping….

    • Thanks for reading it. I am Beverly, the moderator of our social network. Brenda, our founder wrote it. Makes me cry too.

  2. Hi, this is Brenda Shoss. I am founder/president of Kinship Circle and just wanted to introduce myself to followers of our new blog and THANK YOU for taking part in our efforts to stop animal cruelty.

    If the images in my poem moved you…you can take action to make a difference in animals’ lives.

    I urge you to subscribe directly to Kinship Circle’s email list. We cover animal concerns worldwide and post an average 1 or 2 action campaigns weekly. You get the news and means to act right in your email box.

    SUBSCRIBE TO KINSHIP CIRCLE PRIMARY: subscribe@kinshipcircle.org
    TYPE IN SUBJECT LINE: KC PRIMARY

    Thank you for caring about animals!
    Brenda Shoss, Kinship Circle
    http://www.KinshipCircle.org

  3. Absolutely beautiful words. Moving. Powerful. Hopeful. I just found this blog and subscribed. Thank you.

    Sherry

  4. Your poem reveals a most empathetic, wondrous human being as the author. May you persevere and never stop working to free your brethren.

  5. Brenda,

    It’s hard to pray for the abusers but I believe it’s the only way they can turn around. Your words are beautiful. I am going to print the prayer and say it every night before bed. Thank you Brenda for giving me the words to pray.

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