Lettuce Pray, We Sometimes Said

For health and strength and daily food,
we give you thanks, O Lord.

In the manner of my family, this is how we
prayed before dinner every night, one of us

choosing that one or

God is great, God is good,
let us thank him for our food.
By his hand, we are fed,
thank him for our daily bread.


Thank you for the world so sweet,
thank you for the food we eat.
Thank you for the birds that sing,
thank you, God, for everything.

Or this one, from my brother’s preschool

Jesus Christ, help me today,
in all I think and do and say.

What can I tell you, except that it was
a sweet world that we made together,
table after table, kitchen or dining room,

house after house?

What can I tell you, except that I hold
this world, too, even now?

Today’s Poem a Day Chapbook Challenge prompt was “health.”


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