by Debra Ayis
“Baby’s Prayer” (for Jaden Hepburn)
Little one Welcome to your temporal home It’s harsh and bright I know But it will get better with time As your little eyes see more moons May life be good to you May the dredge/pyre be Far from your shores May wisdom and honor Dwell in your bosom May contentment and innocence Grace your heart And may this sojourn Give you many memories to treasure Little fingers clasping mine Tiny feet finding ground May the earth welcoming Your footsteps keep you grounded Grounded in truth and humility May death be far from you Until you are good and ready to go May you be surrounded by family and loved ones All your days on earth.
Debra Ayis has been published in over 100 anthologies, magazines, journals, and devotionals in several countries and has been awarded for her work. She has read in venues such as The Players NYC, the Annual New York Poetry Festival (2018-2019), Queens Library-Forest Hills, and many other festivals and venues. She was published in “Life at a Crossroads”, the City University of New York (CUNY) Killens Review of Arts & Letters – Fall/Winter 2019; Heart of Flesh Literary Journal – Winter 2019, and the Hopkinsville Community College’s 54th Edition of the Round Table Literary Journal in 2020.