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Prayer for Banging Doors

By: Ardis E. Parshall - February 07, 2012

Prayer for Banging Doors

By Jane Merchant

I heard them bang the door of our new home
With eager haste, while rushing in to tell
Some happy schoolday news, and paused to pray
As women will, in secret, “Let us dwell
So lovingly that doors are banged for joy
Alone. I would not have my children mouse
Demure, too prim to make a noise – but let
No door be banged in anger in this house.

(1957)



3 Comments »

  1. We’ve moved on to grandchildren banging the doors now. It’s a nice sound. Thank you.

    Comment by kevinf — February 7, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

  2. We even let our grandkids jump on the nice living room furniture as it is a joyful activity – at least until their parents catch them.

    Ardis, I may be reading more between the lines than was intended with my heart broken as are so many who hear the tragic news about the Powell children, but I appreciate this poem as the kind of antidote we need for that.

    Comment by Grant — February 7, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

  3. I wondered if I dared post this today. It *is* a nice sound, considering.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — February 7, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

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