Grant me the freedom to speak to my GOD Grant me the grace to accept Grant me the knowledge to realize my strengths Grant me the power to use them Grant me the capacity to accept my frailties Grant me the expertise to deal with them Grant me the awareness of Nature’s bounty Grant me the insight to appreciate all the perfection around me Grant me humility in all that I do Grant me the flair to bestow compassion without pity Grant me generosity towards those around me Grant me the strength to have enough to give Grant me the right to be who I am Grant me the independence of self Grant me unconditional love.
©2023 Irene Emanuel
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…was born in Johannesburg, lived in Durban, and now lives in Port Elizabeth. She won of the “Hilde Slinger” cup for poetry in 2009 and again in 2013, and the “Fay Goldie” cup for General Success in the World of Publishing in 2011, both from the South African Writers” Circle. Nine of her poems were published in “Signatures” an anthology of Women’s poetry (2008), and shre represented “Live Poets’ Society” in “Poetry Africa” that same year. In 2006, “A Scorpion Sings,” her first anthology, appeared. Other anthologies published between 2006 and 2015 are: “Count Catula of Shadoland & Friends,” “A Peace of Me.” and “A Scorpion Sings Again.”