I Said A Prayer

I said a prayer in Nikko before a gilded Buddha …
I said a prayer in Hangchow before a teak Quan-Yin …
I said a prayer in Naples before a bisque-robed Virgin
In a saint-named cathedral, proverbially dim.

I said a prayer on Lord’s Day at a New England meeting —
No image for my eyes there save, outside, one bright-winged bird …
And though each prayer was different and men sought diverse gods there,
In every place I prayed, I am quite sure the same God heard.

Violet Alleyn Storey