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Thursday, 14 December 2017

The Pope's Prayer

Oppressed people
Who art in Myanmar
Rohingya be thy name
The soldiers come
And killing is done
Of Muslims
As it is of Hindus
Give them this day the right to live
And forgive them their namelessness
As we forgive those who ethnically cleanse them
Lead us not into silent assent
But deliver them from genocide
For thine is the military
The state and the power
To destroy forever
Their name

© Janine Booth

Pope Francis Suggests Changing The Words To The 'Lord's Prayer'

Janine Booth lives in Hackney, East London. She writes and performs poetry, and has had three slim volumes of poetry published. Janine posts poems and political polemics at www.janinebooth.com


  1. Your prayer is brilliant superb and clever Janine.
    But how sad the need to write it...
    Anna :o]

  2. Why thank you, both. :-)
    When I heard that Pope Francis was questioning the wording of the Lord's Prayer, it struck me that here was a man paying unusual attention to the importance of words, which seem ironic given his headline-making omission of a particular word on his visit to Myanmar.