Jonesboro and Springfield, US Prayers

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We pray for the Children
who sneak popsicles before supper
who erase holes in math workbooks
who can never find their shoes.

And we pray for those
who stare at photographers from behind barbed wire
who can't bound down the street in a new pair of sneakers
who never "counted potatoes"
who are born in places where we wouldn't be caught dead
who never go to the circus
who live in an X-rated world.

We pray for children
who bring us sticky kisses and fistfuls of dandelions
who hug us in a hurry and forget their lunch money.

And we pray for those who never get dessert
who have no safe blanket to drag behind them
who watch their parents watch them die
who can't find any bread to steal
who don't have any rooms to clean up
whose pictures aren't on anybody's dresser
whose monsters are real.

We pray for children
who spend all their allowance before Tuesday
who throw tantrums in the grocery store
and pick at their food
who like ghost stories
who shove dirty clothes under the bed
who never rinse out the tub
who get visits from the tooth fairy
who don't like to be kissed in front of the carpool
who squirm in church and scream in the phone
whose tears we sometimes laugh at and
whose smiles can make us cry.

And we pray for those
whose nightmares come in the daytime
who will eat anything
who have never seen a dentist
who aren't spoiled by anybody, who go to bed hungry and cry themselves to sleep
Who live and move, but have no being.

We pray for children
who want to be carried and for those who must
who we never give up on
and for those who don't get a second chance.
For those we smother and . . .
for those who will grab the hand of anybody kind enough to offer it.

In Memory of........
Natalie Brooks, student age 12
Paige Ann Herring, student age 12
Stephanie Johnson, student age 12
Brittany R. Varner, student age 11
Shannon Wright, Teacher age 32

This is in memory of the children and teacher killed in the shooting
on Tuesday, March 24, 1998, in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Also in Memory of......
Mikael Nickolauson, student age 17
Ben Walker, student age 16

This is also in memory of the two teenagers killed in the shooting
on Thursday, May 21, 1998, in Springfield, Oregon.


"Please pass this on to as many people as possible. if by chance this letter gets to Jonesboro, Arkansas and Springfield, Oregon hopefully the citizens will be comforted in knowing others share their sorrow."

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