A prayer for all my countrymen Guy Butler 1.Though now few eyes 2.can see beyond 3.this tragic time's 4.complexities, 5.dear God, ordain 6.such deed be done, 7.such words be said, 8.that men will praise 9.Your image yet 10.when all these terrors 11.and hates are dead:
12.Through rotting days, 13.beaten, broken, 14.some stayed pure; 15.others learnt how 16.to grin and endure; 17.and here and there 18.a heart stayed warm, 19.a head grew clear.
Stanza 1 Every line in the poem has four (4) syllables
Though now few eyes eyes: refer to people. Only a few people Though: and yet, yet, nevertheless, still, all the same, nonetheless
this tragic time's this tragic time: Apartheid tragic: Apartheid, the deaths, the persecution, the unequal rights Alliteration: t creates the feeling of anguish and dismay.
complexities, complexities: the difficulty, complications of Apartheid.
Only a few people can see beyond the complicated, tragic times of Apartheid.
dear God, ordain dear: a cry of desperation to God. God: he calls on the Creator of heaven and earth to ordain something. Ordain: order, decree, proclaim, enact, command, lay down, rule. He wants God to establish something.