How The Wild Things Pray by William Cleary is a collection of prayer-poems
written from the perspective of forty different "wild things"
- birds, insects, fish, fowl, and other animals- that lightheartedly
teaches the reader wisdom about nature, human nature, prayer and life
The author's introduction describes the variety of wild things in the
animal kingdom as earthen wonders whose astonishing meaning is waiting
to be discovered. Then the overly eager beaver, the haughty rooster, the
wily fox, the fearful alligator, the awesomely powerful flea and their
cousins in creation speak delightful prayers that offer their unique
perspectives on their relationship to God and the wisdom of their being.
Brief "footnotes" to each character's whimsical prayer-poetry
give further entertaining insight into their individual nature and
Following each prayer is an equally insightful and humorous
"Praxis for Today" that extends the wisdom gained from the
praying creatures into the practical daily life of the reader: how the
hawk's nature leads us to a higher perspective, the eel shows us the art
of shocking people, the ostrich instructs us on facing our fears, the
antelope inspires us to get a spiritual workout, the bookworm guides us
in the art of reading the Bible sideways, the hen leads us to pray to
She Who Is, and the bloodhound to letting God catch up with us.
Sprinkled throughout are poignant quotes from well-known writers
that put each praxis into focus. The book is also enhanced by numerous
illustrations and full-color cover art. With a preface by Jane Redmont,
author of When in Doubt, Sing.
....(Forest of Peace Publications $12.95)
from page 54
A Bedbug's Blanket Blessing
(Many noble professions are underappreciated)
I bless my job, I bless my life,
I bless my destiny!
My medical vocation
Fits my temper to a tee.
I love the task of testing blood
To see if it is sweet,
Make sure it serves your body parts,
Especially your feet.
I come at night to taste your blood
With perfect bedside care,
And should I find you are unwell,
I add you to my prayer.
I also check the birds and bats
To keep them healthy too,
So "bedbud" is no name for me,
A "Nurse-Bug" is more true.
I never dreamed when I was young
Such grace on me would flood.
Behold! The Nurse-Bug of the World!
(God, may I check your blood?)
Praxis for Today: Find Happy Friends p. 55 etc.