The Two Prayers

Father … make me,Luke 15. 19.

‘Give me,’ he prayed,
the foolish, wilful boy.
He thought that but
to have was to enjoy.
A broken, sobered man,
robbed, hungry, bare,
‘Make me,’ he prayed,
and ‘twas a wiser prayer.

Much wiser.
My possessions may decay:
What I become
can no one take away.
A man’s true worth
may be appraised the best
By what he was,
not by what he possessed.


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