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"School Prayer," by Diane Ackerman

Author: Diane Ackerman

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In the name of the daybreak
and the eyelids of morning
and the wayfaring moon
and the night when it departs,

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GEORGE TASE (Apr 08 2019 10:57AM) : the "daybreaker" must represent the sun as the sun gives us our daylight.
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STEPHEN HOWARD (Apr 08 2019 11:57AM) : daybreaker more

good point. The author might mean dawn because dawn is the “break of day”

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GEORGE TASE (Apr 08 2019 11:08AM) : the repetition of "and the"creates the thought of continuation
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GEORGE TASE (Apr 08 2019 11:30AM) : As the sun comes up the night goes down
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OLIVER LANG (May 15 2019 1:58PM) : it could give the idea of that there are two rulers who take turns leading

I swear I will not dishonor
my soul with hatred,
but offer myself humbly
as a guardian of nature,
as a healer of misery,
as a messenger of wonder,
as an architect of peace.

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GEORGE TASE (Apr 08 2019 11:03AM) : This is like a oath or pledge
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GEORGE TASE (Apr 08 2019 11:01AM) : The sun gives nature life, making it thrive and looking over top of it.
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In the name of the sun and its mirrors
and the day that embraces it
and the cloud veils drawn over it
and the uttermost night
and the male and the female
and the plants bursting with seed
and the crowning seasons
of the firefly and the apple,

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GEORGE TASE (Apr 08 2019 11:05AM) : It sounds like a part in the bible
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GEORGE TASE (Apr 08 2019 11:32AM) : I wonder what "its mirror" represents, must be a type of reflection
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STEPHEN HOWARD (May 15 2019 1:44PM) : sun more

she is saying that the day embraces the sun, meaning the two go together and cant be one without the other.

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GEORGE TASE (Apr 08 2019 11:00AM) : plants need the sun to grow by performing photosynthesis
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GEORGE TASE (Apr 08 2019 11:17AM) : seeds are a way plants reproduce as in the line above male and female reproduce
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GEORGE TASE (Apr 08 2019 11:22AM) : There is 4 seasons and that is due to the position of earth and how the sun hits [Edited]
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I will honor all life
—wherever and in whatever form
it may dwell—on Earth my home,
and in the mansions of the stars.

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GEORGE TASE (Apr 08 2019 11:13AM) : This poem has a lot of first person perpective
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GEORGE TASE (Apr 08 2019 11:21AM) : there is only life on earth, that we know of
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GEORGE TASE (Apr 08 2019 11:14AM) : This "thing" must live on earth as it calls earth"home"
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From I Praise My Destroyer (Vintage Books, 2000)
Used with the author’s permission.

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GEORGE TASE (Apr 08 2019 11:20AM) : This poem reminds me of the Pledge of Allegiance and the Bible.
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DMU Timestamp: March 07, 2019 02:52

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