Stained by hope
We stand and pray – O Parvardigar ...
with folded hands, quaking hearts
and all the faith and hope
we can muster.
We stand and pray and You say
we must shed our hope –
which leaves only our naked faith.
Preserver and Protector of all ...
we pray because we suffer
vulnerability and impermanence
and You say our faith is stained
and diluted by our hope.
Yes, (I accept that) but, (for me) –
not in God. My hope and faith is in You.
In the life You gave the world.
I take You at Your Word;
say the prayers You participated in.
There are no other words left to me
which give more than their meaning --
which give solace and faith and hope.
O child of God, stand before your Father;
say the prayers, naked and honest as you dare.