A POW'S PRAYER
By Henry R. Tavares
God, please grant me
The courage and endurance
To persevere at the hands
Of my enemies.
Please endow me with the presence
Of mind to always remember
Who and what I am.
Gift me with the needed fortitude
To resist all torture and deprivation
Be it mental or physical.
And most of all dear lord
Grant unto me the power and ability
To keep my soul and resolve,
American, to the core.
(Henry Tavares is the husband of Brenda Morgan Tavares, whose
uncle, Melvin Morgan, was promoted to Glory while a POW with the Tiger Survivors group in North Korea)