We pray for the  children 

who put chocolate fingers everywhere, 

who like to be tickled, 

who stomp in puddles and ruin their new pants, 

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, 

whoíve never squeaked across the floor in new sneakers, 

who never had crayons to count, 

who are born in places we wouldnít 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 sleep with the dog and bury goldfish, 

who give hugs in a hurry and forget their lunch money, 

who cover themselves with Band-Aids and sing off-key, 

who squeeze toothpaste all over the sink, 

who slurp their soup. 


And we pray for those 

who never get dessert, 

who watch their parents watch them die, 

who have no safe blanket to drag behind, 

who canít find any bread to steal, 

who donít have any rooms to clean up, 

whose pictures arenít on anybodyís 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 school, 

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 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. 

For those we never give up on, 

and for those who never get a chance. 

For those we smother with our love, 

and for those who will grab the hand of 

anybody kind enough to offer. 

 ~ by Ina J. Hughes



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