Pray Against the Status Quo · 9 February 2015

Praying Hands by Albrecht Dürer
This work is in the public domain.

I really really do not know
How to pray against the status quo.
Should I ask about what fashion
God would shape my every passion?
Should I ask for confirmation
On what should be my true vocation?
Or should I ask God for a vision
On what should be my worldly mission?
I suppose the point of all of these
Is that with my life God I would please
That everything I say and do
Would glorify, O God, just You.
And so Dear God I pray that I
Might help the world to glorify
You alone with every thought and deed
And in others plant Your Holy seed,
Your Word of love and transformation,
That you give so freely to every nation.
O God, I pray that I could start
To every day just do my part.
For one thing that I know for certain
There will surely be a final curtain.
Then You will ask what You already know
What we prayed and did against the status quo.

© 2015 Michael T. Miyoshi

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You Are the Village · 12 June 2012

It takes a village, or so they say;
You do not just get older, then move away.
You follow examples of people you know.
You get their advice, on where you should go.

But as you grow up, you listen and learn:
There are those out there to whom you can turn,
There are others with whom you spend not a minute,
For what they say has no wisdom in it.

You watch and you find a mentor or two,
People who take a great interest in you.
More than your parents or just family,
Are guiding you to be who you want to be.

Teachers and preachers and friends all abound,
They all want to keep you, oh, so safe and sound.
They pour their lives into you, don’t you see?
They all have an interest in who you will be.

For as you grow up, part of the village you’ll be,
A new grown up for the whole world to see.
You’ll be there for the young ones, as up they grow,
You’ll help them to know, the things they should know.

So as you grow up, remember that you
Were always in need of an example or two.
And remember the adage, still true today,
“Your actions are so loud, I can’t hear what you say.”

For now you are someone to whom people go,
When there is something that they ought to know,
Because you are the village, starting today,
Even if you grow up, and just move away.

© 2012 Michael T. Miyoshi

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Follow Your Dreams · 7 June 2007

Follow your dreams, don’t ever say “no”
For dreams are the places that you want to go
Dreams are the sights that you want to see
Dreams are the person that you want to be.

Dreams are the stars in the sky late at night
But not just as scenery shining so bright
Rather places to go if they call out to you
If being an astronaut is what you want to do.

Dreams are the plans that you and I make
For houses and cottages out at the lake
For fishing and swimming and lounging around
On those country vacations oh so far from town.

Dreams are designs that we have for our lives
Who we might take for our husbands, our wives
What occupations that we might like to take
Dreams are not just about all the money we make.

No, dreams tell us our passions, our wants, our desires
They give us our goals to which we all aspire
They give us our strength when things go so wrong
And they give us the hope to write a new song.

Yes, dreams give us courage to live life with passion
And being a dreamer never goes out of fashion
For dreamers make life more than just what they see
So follow your dreams and be what you want to be.

© 2007 Michael T. Miyoshi

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A Poem for Graduates and Dreamers