A Writer’s Prayer
(from Ruth Carmichael Ellinger’s Facebook page 8-13-12)
make me respect my mind so much
that I dare not write what has
neither meaning nor moral value.
Let my time be valuable enough to spend it wisely.
Help me choose with equal care,
my friends, my books, and
the things my eyes should see
because all influence my life.
Show me that, as in a river,
the depths hold more
of strength and beauty
than do the shallows.
Keep me from caring more for much writing,
than for careful writing,
for books more than
Give me an ideal
that will let me write only the best,
and when that is done —
Repay me with power to teach others.
Then help me to say
from a disciplined mind