Saturday, 29 December 2012

Secular Prayer.

Carol Ann Duffy is our very first female  poet  laureate .  She says she is an atheist but yet this  poem "Prayer" is making a different statement.
Secular spirituality works for me.

Prayer
Some days, although we cannot pray, a prayer
utters itself. So a woman will lift
her head from the sieve of her hands and stare
at the minims sung by a tree, a sudden gift.

Some nights, although we are faithless, the truth
enters our hearts, that small familiar pain;
then a man will stand stock-still, hearing his youth
in the distant Latin chanting of a train

Pray for us now. Grade 1 piano scales
console the lodger looking out across
a Midlands town. Then dusk, and someone calls
a child's name as though they named their loss.

Darkness outside. Inside the radio's prayer-
Rockall. Malin. Dogger. Finisterre.

She wrote this in 1994.....but this morning it's beauty  speaks to me directly....

5 comments:

  1. I once heard Carol Ann Duffy recite this poem (she visited our student body) and loved it as soon as I first heard it. It may be "secular" but I think it has an amazing depth and spirituality.

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    1. So do I. It hit me squarely between the eyes this morning. I love it.

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  2. Hmmm I thought I was an atheist too, once upon a time.
    A lovely poem Jean and it does rather illustrate the point you make.
    Unless of course, the God of everyday things is a different God?

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  3. Now Ray. You know there's only one God! Stern voice. Lol

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  4. I've not seen this poem before.

    It seems to me that she is celebrating the small ways and things, which make up our lives - and if we dedicate ourselves to God, through Jesus, surely most of our actions will be or maybe considered a prayer?

    If I had read this, not knowing that she says she is an atheist, I would have thought, what lovely insight into God's works.

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