of All Creatures, large and small, including clever
"See no evil. Hear no evil. Speak no evil."
Let the wisdom of the three little simians be my
turn away from evil sinful sights,
and conjure no impure images in my mind.
Guard me so that I see no evil. Let me rather look
for the good and beautiful
in the world and in all its people.
not listen to those with vipers' tongues and words
of dismal hate, calumny,
and ridicule. Let me not hear those who seek to
divide rather than to keep whole,
who are pessimistic rather than positive,
who are negative rather than kind and bright
Let me hear those who speak with heartfelt love,
inspiring wisdom, and blazing faith.
lips against gossip and criticism
of others - in whose shoes and paths I have not
walked. Let me speak evil of no person.
to stay always on the shining
high road, seeing no oily evil, hearing
no backbiting calumny, speaking no vicious
or dishonest evil of any kind.
this I pray in deepest love of You,
hoping and trusting always in You,
my great abiding Hope, my loving God,
and my eternal good Redeemer.
2013 Donn B. Murphy
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