I was hoping someone could direct me to a site which has this poem listed. Perhaps someone could send me the full text. I do not know the author but "Pry Me Off Dead Centre" is definitely the title. Anyone's help would be much appreciated. Thanks
Here you go:
Pry Me Off Dead Center
O persistent God,
deliver me from assuming your mercy is gentle,
pressure me that it may grow more human,
not through the lessening of my struggles,
but through an expansion go them
that will undamn me
and unbury my gifts.
Deepen my hurt
until I learn to share it
and myself openly,
and my needs honestly.
Sharpen my fears
until I name them
and release the power I have locked in them
and they in me.
Accentuate my confusion
until I shed those grandiose expectations
that divert me from the small, glad gifts
of the now and here and the me.
Expose my shame where it shivers,
crouched behind the curtains of propriety,
until I can laugh at last
through my common frailties and failures,
laugh my way toward becoming whole
from just going through the motions
and wasting everything I have
which is today,
O persistent God
let how much it all matters
pry me off dead center
so if I am moved inside
they will be real
and I will be in touch with who I am
and who you are
and who my sister and my brothers are.
Thank you so much Les. I just stumbled across this site after not having any luck with google. It's really wonderful to come across such a vibrant internet community. Thanks again for your help. We are having a baby shower at work today and I wanted to give the poem to the mother and baby. Thank you so much!!