An Election Eve Haiku Prayer

Map-philippines Roger Scott Powers
We travel today,
    fanning out across this vast

All praying to God
    for free and fair elections
    in the Philippines.

Filipinos smile,
    masking fears of violence,
    coercion and fraud.

Hoping for the best,
    these strong, determined people
    will go to the polls.

Exercise their right
    to self-determination,
    one person, one vote.

May all their votes count
    for a more just Philippines,
    a more peaceful world.

Roger is a Peoples’ International Observers Mission Delegate and the pastor of Light Street Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, MD. His prayer is reprinted with permission.

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