A Plea For Mercy

by Anne Porter

When I am brought before the Lord
What can I say to him
How plead for mercy?

I'll say I loved
My husband and the five
Children we had together
Though I was most unworthy

I'll say I loved
The summer mornings
I loved the way the sun comes up
And sets the dew on fire
I loved the way
The cobwebs shine
On the tall grass
When they are strung with dew

I'll say I loved
The way that little bird
The titmouse flies
I'll say I loved
Its lightness
And beauty.


  1. Reminds me of James Lipton asking his interviewee's at the end of "The Actors' Studio" session--"If there is a God, what would you like to hear him(her) say to you when you get to The Pearly Gates--only in reverse.

    What I'd like to hear her say is, "Now, that wasn't so bad, was it?"

    It's summertime, my dear Distracted friend. I hope that you are enjoying some sunshine on your shoulder and that in your own world there is serenity and warmth.


  2. The dew drops are indeed a kaleidoscope on the other side of eyeballs...

    A line from Bruce Cockburn comes to mind, from his lovely song "In The Falling Dark" :

    "Light pours from a million radiant lives
    Off of kids and dogs and the hard-shelled husbands and wives
    All that glory shining around and we're all caught taking a dive
    And all the beasts of the hills around shout, "such a waste!
    Don't you know that from the first to the last we're all one in the gift of grace!"

  3. When the time comes, I think we should express gratitude for the small little beauties and miracles we've experienced.

  4. I swing between believing and not believing. Such is life. But I have sometimes wondered the same.

  5. I can't think of anything better to say. Perfect. I love this!

  6. That's beautiful.

    I think if I were to say "titmouse" in front of God I'd giggle.

    And I think God would giggle back.

  7. Hmmmm....
    I think God is always giggling.....
    At least I hope so.

  8. the poet says "I'll say I loved......."
    what more is there to say.If any God where to find fault with that......

  9. Well, you've gone and done it again. You're inspired my next post. Stay tuned. Gorgeous photo.

  10. There is a sweetness to this poem--perfect for an early summer's day.

  11. Some come on over and see the post you inspired. And thank you!


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