March 8, 2010

“Our Father” and his daily bread – updated...


“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done
   in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power,  
   and the glory, for ever. Amen.”
       “The Lord’s Prayer,” King James Bible version
       Matthew 6:9-13


“Our budget, which art in shambles,
Nightmare be thy name.
The reckoning hath come,
The damage will be done statewide
As it is in our home districts.
Give us this day new sources of revenue
And forgive us our double-talk
As we raise taxes while calling them ‘fees.’
And lead us not into the clutches of special interests,
But deliver us from voter backlash in November.
For thou must be balanced
Regardless of consequences
For ever and ever, Amen.”

       “The Legislature Prayer,” from a political cartoon by Chan Lowe
       South Florida Sun Sentinel, March 2, 2010,


“Our father whose art’s in heaven
hollow be thy name, unless things change
Thy wigdom come and gone, thy will will be undone
   on earth as it isn’t heaven
Give us this day our daily bread 
   at least three times a day
   and forgive us our trespasses
   as we would forgive those lovelies
   whom we wish would trespass against us
And lead us not into temptation too often on weekdays
   but deliver us from evil
   whose presence remains unexplained
   in thy kingdom of power and glory
Oh man”

       Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s “Loud Poem”
       The original long version, printed in The Beatitude Anthology (1960)
       Famously recited (in part) at The Band’s “Last Waltz” concert


“Our beer, Which art in barrels,
Hallowed be thy drink.
Thy will be drunk, I will be drunk,
   at home as it is in public.
Forgive us this day our daily spillage
As we forgive those who spillest against us.
And lead us not into the practice of sissy wine tasting,
And deliver us from DUI's
For mine is the barley, the hops and the malt, forever and ever.”
       “The Beer Drinkers Prayer” 
       From the Beer Drinkers League of Vancouver Facebook site

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