Prayer Positions

“The proper way for a man to pray,”

Said Deacon Solomon Keys,

“And the only proper attitude,

Is down upon his knees.”

“No. I should say the way to pray,”

Said the Reverend Dr. Wise,

“Is standing straight with out-stretched arms,

And rapt and up-turned eyes.”

“Oh, no, no, no,”

Said Elder Slow,

“Such posture’s much to proud,

A man should pray with eyes fast closed,

And head contritely bowed.”

“Well it seems to me,

His hands should be,

Austerely clasped in front,

With both thumbs pointed to the ground,”

Said the Reverend Dr. Blunt.

“Last year, I fell

In Hitken’s well,

Head first,” said Cyrus Brown.

“With both my heals a stickin’ up,

And my head a pointin’ down

“And I made a prayer,

Right then and there,

The plainest prayer I ever said,

A standin’ there, upon my head!”

–Author Unknown