Prayer in an Evil Time

GOD of pity and love, return to this earth.
Go not so far away, leaving us to evil.
Darkness is loose upon the world; the devil
Walks in the land, and there is nothing worth.
Death like a dog runs howling from his lair,
His bite has made men mad, they follow after
All howling too, and their demoniac laughter
Drowns like a sea our solitary prayer.
Return, O Lord, return. Come with the day,
Come with the light, that men may see once more
Across this earth’s uncomfortable floor
The kindly paths, the old and loving way.
Let us not die of evil in the night.
Let there be God again. Let there be light.
ROBERT NATHAN