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John Knoepfle's Poetry

prayer against famine

maker of the wheel
that turns the stars
place the shadow of your shadow
between us and everything evil


have mercy on the dead
and on the living
and on those who will be born
in your good time


protect us when we are tempted
when we want to make ourselves
the center of your world
when we would deny others
a place in the circle of your love


cleanse our eyes oh god
and pour your light into them
so that we may see your creation
where anyone
touches your earth