Morning Prayer

In the beginning my love
for you was a balloon,
high and bright,
joy on a string.
The years brought trouble, doubt,
and the love fell to earth,
became a thing to carry,
By now it’s part of me,
and so dense with worry
that it hurts to think of you,
as if I were the one who is ill
in a hospital too far away.
This difficult, durable love,
may it finally be of use,
worth all it put us through.
May it be in your room,
steady and unyielding,
refusing to give you up.










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Jean Ryan

Jean Ryan, a native Vermonter, lives in Lillian, Alabama. Her stories and essays have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies. She has also published a novel, LOST SISTER. Her short story collections, SURVIVAL SKILLS and LOVERS AND LONERS, are available online. STRANGE COMPANY, a collection of short nature essays, is available in paperback as well as digital and audio editions.

6 thoughts on “Morning Prayer

  1. Love this Morning Prayer Jean…so intensely expressive. Your delicate, yet subtly iron-strong, choice of words brings me to tears. Are you doing okay dear friend? I can help carry your burden of worry for your loved one, and add the support of my prayers.❤️Sending you much love, and inner strength from my heart to the core of your being.

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. I have said this prayer often never knowing the words only how close it felt to me. Leave it to you to put the words and the context together, Jean. Sending you my love. XOXO

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