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A father sees his small children babbling and  
Blowing insignificant bubbles in the wind.
One child's lips blow a lot;  another blows only very few.
Yet these few are precious to the father.
The multitudes which peel  effortlessly
Off the soap-frame in the hands of another child 
Mean little individually - shining spherical pearls before swine,
Blowing randomly in the wind.

And prayers, too, fall sometimes too easily from the holy lips 
Of people kneeling in groups each day: and each babbling
Repeated mantra or Hail Mary has individually little significance:
And God is showered with bubbles of babble of all sizes and colours,
Some in clusters inside one another, with bits of extra soap dripping off 
Carelessly-formed sloppy glassy  balls.
Some of them expire before even reaching his throne,
So little effort was put into them,
So little intention of ever following their path upward.

But a lone figure lost, abandoned, in some black  
Perilous sea of troubles who, pitched headlong into a moment 
Of last helpless desperation, screams at the top of his soul 
To his God, and at  that moment is certain
That only the Almighty can right his troubled boat,
That he has exhausted all his own puny powers,
And recognizes the insignificance of his babble  -
Such a prayer is a precious gem, perfectly-formed and rising, 
Fast-track, directly thronewards, as it should.. . . . . 
A pearl of great price.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2011

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Date: 7/29/2012 10:06:00 PM
SIDNEY, still congratulating all my sisters past contest. . Now I'm on the poets favorite poem contest.. I'm actually amazed with all these poems. I see why they are chosen as a favorite poem by other poets...a Super Congratulations here. I think I agreed with all the winners in this contest... love~PD
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Date: 7/29/2012 2:29:00 AM
Good write and congrats on winning placement in SKAT"s contest. I once read on a local church sign that, "Prayer should be your first resort, not your last". It kinda makes you think, just as this poem did. Rockman
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Date: 7/26/2012 8:47:00 PM
nice work
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Date: 7/26/2012 1:10:00 PM
Congratulations on your win in SKAT's "Members Favorite Poem" contest Syd. Love, Carol
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Date: 7/26/2012 5:00:00 AM
Sidney a belated congrats on your win..David
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Date: 7/25/2012 7:29:00 PM
Congrats, Sid. Excellent. Great job. Nice going. Kudos. Ralph
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Date: 9/15/2011 7:25:00 PM
I noticed a progression of ideas that flowed smoothly line after line. Congratulations on your 1st Place win Sydney. Cr
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Date: 9/15/2011 4:44:00 PM
This is an excellent poem, well written, congrats. Sabina
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Date: 9/15/2011 7:28:00 AM
Excellent poem. Congratulations on your first place win. Well done. Lee
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Date: 9/15/2011 7:17:00 AM
That is superb, very worthy of it's top place, very pleased to have dropped past and spotted it. top marks.
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Date: 9/14/2011 9:53:00 PM
Congratulations on your win with this fine piece of writing. well done. regards Margaret
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Date: 9/14/2011 7:11:00 PM
This is one of the best poems that are on this site!! :):):):):)
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Date: 9/14/2011 8:26:00 AM
congratulations on your win! i like how you described the prayer as a precious gem...a pearl of great price :)
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Date: 9/13/2011 4:06:00 PM
Congratulations on the win here Sydney, well deserved..i see our entrys had quite similar titles..however this piece was a much weighter one.
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Date: 9/13/2011 9:04:00 AM
Whew! This is thoughtful and a precious writing. I enjoyed it. Congrats on your win.
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Date: 9/12/2011 10:35:00 PM
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!! Okay, I read this the way someone reads a suspense novel... unable to look away, barely able to give each word the appreciation it was due before reading ahead at a dizzying speed, because I so wanted to know what you were going to write next. Not one line, not one, shuffled along. Sydney, this is prime rib stuff. Congrats on the well deserved win !!!
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Date: 9/12/2011 4:14:00 PM
A truly wonderful write. No mere bubble this one. How inspiredyou were. congratulations on a great and worthy win. Love, Joyce
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Date: 9/12/2011 4:10:00 PM
This took a second reading....a significant piece to relish. Congratulations on a well deserved winning entry, Syd!! Excellent!
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Date: 9/12/2011 3:41:00 PM
Congratulations on your win in Debbie Guzzi's "Bubbles"contest Syd. Love,Carol
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Date: 9/12/2011 3:13:00 PM
Sydney congrats on you terrific win, loved it..David
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Date: 9/12/2011 2:54:00 PM
Dear Syd, I love the idea of prayers ascending to heaven as bubbles. Very creative and so worthy of a first-place win. Congratulations! Love, Carolyn
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Date: 9/12/2011 2:25:00 PM
Exciting is what it is to see your name on the winners' list..Congrats.Sara
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Date: 9/6/2011 12:06:00 PM
There you go polished to perfection! light & love
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Date: 9/5/2011 4:57:00 PM
Yes, an excellent effort, I would not hesitate to use periods and Cap's and perhaps a better page layout would help..think on it! I babbled at church sunday! LOL [why are you preaching to save the world from powerlessness,when you didn't reach out within your own congregation during this storm??? I got heard belief me!] Light & Love
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