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Friday, 17 February 2012

The Prayer of the Mouse by Carmen Bernos de Gazstold

I am so little and grey,
dear God,
how can you keep me in mind?
Always spied upon,
always chased.
Nobody ever gives me anything,
and I nibble meagerly at life.
Why do they reproach me with being a mouse?
Who made me but You?
I can only ask to stay hidden.
Give me my hunger’s pittance
safe from the claws of that devil with green eyes.


Date: 1963

By: Carmen Bernos de Gazstold (1919- )

Translated by: Rumer Godden (1907-1998)