April 24: A prayer is a letter

Full confession: This was supposed to be the prompt for April 18th. It was written and ready to go, but was never published. What happened? My apologies for missing a day. Now, without further ado…

Letter poems are written from a specific speaker to a specific recipient. Prayers are said to a specific listener.

Today’s prompt, from The Daily Poet, is to write a poem for a friend or a relative in the form of a prayer. For an example, see William Butler Yeats’s poem “A Prayer for My Daughter.”

Advice from The Daily Poet: “Share images using all of your senses; flood the poem with metaphor.”

What do you wish for the recipient? Where are you—are you, like Yeats, near the recipient—and what are you feeling as you offer this prayer?