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Prayer for the Bahamas

With broken hearts we turn to You
Our tears cannot help those in need
To countless souls we bid adieu
And hope You listen as we plead

Bahamians need Your blessing
While they try to rebuild their homes
Dorian still keeps them guessing
As through the streets the homeless roam

Take pity on this island nation
Where families lost all they had
Starving, hopeless in devastation
Many still missing, and all so sad

If Dorian’s swift, salty surge
Carried many souls out to sea
Please help their families emerge
Stronger in the Isle of Free

For from the states some slaves escaped
To build better lives in Freeport
Blankets of flowers are now draped
On coffins bearing lives cut short

Written September 13, 2019
For Regina Riddle’s “Write a Psalm” Poetry Contest

Copyright © Carolyn Devonshire | Year Posted 2019


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  1. Date: 9/16/2019 6:51:00 PM

    Hi Carolyn, this is an excellent, yet sad poem on the devastation in the Bahamas. What a terrible event. Your words move me to tears as I think on this sorrowful situation. This one does read like a winner. A Psalm that should be read. Have a wonderful Tuesday. Love and Hugs....Mike. XX
  1. Date: 9/15/2019 6:28:00 PM

    This is a very moving poem, Carolyn. You have a most generous spirit. I think you chose very well your psalm theme.
  1. Date: 9/15/2019 9:35:00 AM

    Amen... touching poetry
  1. Date: 9/14/2019 2:33:00 PM

    Amen, Carolyn! - Well said. I hope the US and other nations jump in to provide quick aid. Glad to see you back on soup and thanks for your kind comments on this and other verses I've posted on soup recently - Bob
  1. Date: 9/14/2019 1:39:00 PM

    A very poignant piece my friend. I been through many hurricanes and they are frightening. Great job. God Bless,. JB
  1. Date: 9/14/2019 1:07:00 AM

    Sad but so well written. My heart goes out to those who are now in great need. Best for a win.
  1. Date: 9/13/2019 8:08:00 PM

    I like the compassion of the write...Well done
  1. Date: 9/13/2019 6:52:00 PM

    Hello Carolyn … nicely written and rhymed Caroline and you showed much compassion for the devastated victims of another natural disaster - thank you Carolyn - Lindsay
  1. Date: 9/13/2019 4:13:00 PM

    How very unpatriotic! Don't your read Trump tweets? The most important thing right now is not anyone's life nor health nor comfort; all the matters is Trump's Vanity Wall is erected in a timely manner! There lies the Riddle for Regina to solve! Good luck! Aloha! Rico
  1. Date: 9/13/2019 3:41:00 PM

    what a wonderful idea for a psalm Carolyn, may they soon get the aid and help they so desperately need to be able to rebuild shattered lives and start all over again:-( hugs Jan xx
  1. Date: 9/13/2019 3:38:00 PM

  1. Date: 9/13/2019 2:06:00 PM

    A prayer in your words Carolyn..for the victims of this well expressed! All the best.
  1. Date: 9/13/2019 1:54:00 PM

    - A terrible tragedy ... beautifully written, Carolyn - Best wishes in the contest :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :) ... Have a lovely weekend :)
  1. Date: 9/13/2019 1:35:00 PM

    Sadly beautiful Carolyn and what is even sadder, I hear another storm is moving close to the island. I think they've been through enough already. Best wishes in the contest