I Will Not Pray

I will not invoke the imagined power of my big bad invisible friend,

To tackle the reality of your suffering.

I will not paint my profile pretty colours,

Nor appropriate your flag for the day.

If I am able to help at all 

It will be done in person.

With hands and feet and time and money.

You will always have my sympathies,

But never the glib, false-promise of a prayer.

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