Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ANSWER TO PRAYER, by JAMES WELDON JOHNSON

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First Line: Der ain't no use in sayin' de lawd won't answer / prah
Last Line: Night.
Subject(s): Christmas; Jesus Christ; Prayer; Religion; Worship; Nativity, The; Theology

Der ain't no use in sayin' de Lawd won't answer
If you knows how to ax Him, I knows He's
bound to heah.

De trouble is, some people don't ax de proper
Den w'en dey git's no answer dey doubts de use
to pray.

You got to use egzac'ly de 'spressions an' de
To show dat 'tween yo' faith an' works, you
'pends on works two-thirds.

Now, one time I remember — jes how long
I won't say —
I thought I'd like a turkey to eat on Chris'mus

Fu' weeks I dreamed 'bout turkeys, a-struttin'
in der pride;
But seed no way to get one — widout de Lawd

An' so I went to prayin', I pray'd wid all my
"Lawd, sen' to me a turkey." I pray'd bofe
day an' night.

"Lawd, sen' to me a turkey, a big one if you
I 'clar to heaben I pray'd so much I mos' wore
out ma knees.

I pray'd dat prah so often, I pray'd dat prah so
Yet didn't git no turkey, I know'd 'twas sump'n

So on de night 'fore Chris'mus w'en I got down
to pray,
"Lawd, sen' me to a turkey," I had de sense
to say.

"Lawd, sen' me to a turkey." I know dat prah
was right,
An' it was sholy answer'd; I got de bird dat

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