A prayer born of frustration
by Amanda Sioux Blake
Mighty Lady of the Battlefield, glorious Athena, to Thee I pray
Fierce Ares, defeated only by the fair Lady of Love,
I direct my prayer to You as well
My country is embroiled in a third war
Another front for our young soldiers to die on
More civilians to lose their homes to bombs
Another despot to dispose of, and leave in his place …… what?
O God and Goddess of War, stand with our troops
Protect them from enemy fire
So they may return to their families
Stand also with our leaders
To help them make wise decisions
And find a path to peace
Stand with the people of Libya, who are caught in the middle
The ancient home of the Amazons
Now oppressed and yearning for freedom.
O Athena, O Ares, I see no way out.
May You in Your Divine wisdom
Find the path we cannot see
And set us upon it.