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Our thoughts cascade
like prizes from a piñata:
Here's one! and another! and, and, and!
Appearances change as quickly:
Look at this! that! these! those!
Give us, good Lord, a thought we can keep.
Show us, Creator, a sight we can frame.
And let us not confuse
the thought or the image
with what's real
and everlasting.


Photo of waves coming ashore on the island of Kauai, in Waimea, Hawaii.
Photo copyright 2009; prayer, 2012 by Danny N. Schweers.