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A Little Girl’s Prayer


I thank you Dear God for making my Grandmother---I call her Mimi.

Her soft voice sings me to sleep with a prayer “I pray the Lord my Soul to keep”

She said it is much better to talk to you than count all those sheep.

My Mimi takes me to school each morning as Mama nurses my baby brother,

Thank you---God for sending him---just for us. But Lord---I don’t need another.

He cries because he is a baby my Mimi said,

And my mercy---he has no hair on his tiny head.

His blue eyes stares and he smiles so sweetly at me,

Mama said he cannot focus yet---but I know he can see.

After school--- I looked into his bed to see if he is asleep,

And I pray to the Lord again for my brother’s soul to keep.

When we grow up a good sister I will be to him,

Yes, I love my little brother named---Jim.

I will teach him---the ABC’s,

And to count 1,2,3’s.

I will show him how to climb a tree,

And carefully watch a honey bee.

And to make a Valentine,

And draw a card at Christmas time.

To sing Jingle Bells, in our red hoods,

And sing “Over the River and through the Woods.”

I will teach Jim how to make a snowman stand,

And put a glove on the snowman’s short stick hand.

I will choose his first girlfriend for him.

Dear God I am so tired now---I will just say Amen for Jim.

And, Lord thank you too, for always being here,

So very near. Amen

Written February 6th 2013

© 2021 Barbara Purvis Hunter


Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on June 15, 2021:

Hi Bill,

You are so nice to take time to read my poem.

I appreciate it very much.

Bobbi Purvis

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on June 15, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

Thanks for your sweet comment. I hope to spend time soon reading hubs of other writers.

Bobbi Purvis

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on June 15, 2021:

Hi Indi,

Such nice words and I appreciate your visit. Take Care and enjoy the summer.

Bobbi Purvis

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 15, 2021:

That was so very sweet, Bobbi! It gave me the warm and fuzzies, and a big ol' smile on my face. Thanks for the feel-good start to my morning.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 14, 2021:

What a lovely piece.

It is so tender and loving.

I can imagine this little girl in my mind.

Great ink.

Indi glory from UAE on June 14, 2021:

Fondled! A heart-touching work, beautiful.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on June 14, 2021:

Hi Kenneth,

Thanks for reading my poem and the comment.

You take care, and it is nice to know you are still writing here.

Bobbi Purvis

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on June 14, 2021:

Hey, Bobbi! Just had to give you my comments about this very-touching poem. Excellent in every way. Love the balance in your lineage. Love it. Please post more poems of this style.

Sorry for not connecting with you for so long, but when you mix life, medicines, and stress, the outcome is not that well.

Will elaborate soon.


Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on June 14, 2021:

Hi John,

Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a great week.


John Hansen from Gondwana Land on June 14, 2021:

A touching piece of writing, Bobbi. Thanks for sharing.

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