The Poet Communicates With God

A Child's Mind is a febrile and unprogrammed computer.

This emotive picture from Brielle on Flickr commons shows a child on page one of her Bible.  Does this make you think?
This emotive picture from Brielle on Flickr commons shows a child on page one of her Bible. Does this make you think?

Poetry has often been the vehicle with which man and God "communicate."

Those who seek truth in verse have had a love/hate relationship with deities since man first began using the written word on stone tablets and cave walls.
Poets have lauded their gods, cajoled them and even threatened them. Some have done this quite cynically; others have shuddered, wondering if their communication will bring fire and brimstone down on their unworthy heads.
In my small anthology, "Charged Particles," (not available in print at the moment), my verse has been mainly critical of a God in some Heaven in whom I don't really believe (at all, in fact). So please take any apparent evidence of a religious Diogenes with a pinch of sulphur, er, salt in the following three poems. Please note I have capitalized any reference to God, etc., in respect to the religious among my readers.
In my first poem, "Godbye," the author is speaking to God and questioning Him as to why he ignores our woes and why he sent his Son, Jesus, to die in such a sad and violent manner...

Godbye (Tell us why)

"Sitting in your ivory tower,
Sculptor of the perfect flower;
You who sees each sparrow fall,
Why can't you hear us when we call?

You who built in seven days,
The universe with all its ways;
You who sent your only Son:
Did you forget what needs be done?

We're fucking up, we've lost control,
Our foolishness is on a roll.
East and West are picking teams,
We face the final bell it seems.

Is this the end you always planned,
Give us hope then leave us damned?
Is this why you sent the snake -
Or was that just your first mistake?

And did you really send your Son,
To make amends for what you've done?
The sweetest man we've ever seen,
Hanging, bloodless, from a beam.

We're fucking up; we've lost control,
Our foolishness is on a roll;
East and West are picking teams -
It's time to say 'Godbye it seems...”

There follows a small missive in verse from God to the poet, apologising for being to busy to address all the needs of the more insignificant among his ‘sheep.

A Man of Leisure Has No time.

“There was something touching about his prayer,
Although I was busy and couldn’t be there.
You have to remember there’s things to be made,
(After all, building’s really my trade!).

I suppose you might say I’ve peculiar ways,
But I did make the world in just seven days!
I’ve requests to be honored from kings and tycoons:
Why, I even helped one tribe get to the moon!

I’m liaising with generals; analyzing the flaws,
Of military tactics, (how to win wars!).
I’m busy with leaders - the executive section -
On how to raise taxes; win an election...

You see? ‘Course, I’m sorry - poor little things,
No time to feed urchins; mend butterflies’ wings.”

Finally, in this tiny offering, the author wonders about the effect of the bible in stultifying the unformed mind and beliefs of a child.

“More free than any bird,
The child’s mind
Sifts images; stores pleasures;
Invites the universe.
Until some fool -
Gives her a Bible.”


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Comments 23 comments

Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

Diogenes, I am a believer with no compunctions about saying so, but if there is one thing I admire in a writer (whether he shares my convictions or not), it's honesty. This hub is well done. I put it up and awesome.


diogenes 5 years ago

Thank you for visiting and showing me your own honesty, Motown. It would be a funny old world if we all believed - or not - the same things Bob


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spsingh 5 years ago from iwebeffects.com

beautifully written thanks for sharing !!!! definite vote up for this !!!


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BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

I guess I never really thought about poets speaking to a god, but now that I've read this, my opinion has changed. Great write, loved it.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

I really enjoyed reading these poems. Thank you.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Wonderful verse! Well done.

You and I look at the same evidence and draw opposite conclusons.


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

I concur with Will.....on both counts. Though I may disagree, it is a very thought provoking hub and very well written.


diogenes 5 years ago

spsingh

Bobbi rant

Spirit Whisperer

Will

CMerritt.

Thanks all for visit and all your thoughtful comments and praise...Bob


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

I once was a poet. Now I prefer prose, but as a poet critic, I loved these! Write on Bob.


diogenes 5 years ago

If I can call myself a writer, I was one that went from poetry (dicovered in Huntsville) to becoming a journalist (prose). The best poetry by the masters is like a fine art, that can be enjoyed but emulated by the very few.

The trouble with growing old is that nothing obtainable satisfies after a while! Bob


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AntonOfTheNorth 5 years ago from The Land Up Over

Thanks for the poetry, sir. Nice work.

But after 'obtainable' no longer satisfies, why not the 'unobtainable'? It's only called that because no one has obtained it yet. Be the first!

And the 'wanting' is often better than the 'having' anyway! :)

cheers


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QudsiaP1 5 years ago

Poets truly speak to God in veiled words and various languages. It is perhaps the best form of prayer. The connection a poet may feel to a deity or the ability to shun one, are both unique expressions gifted only to poet.

Well done Bob.


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Trish_M 5 years ago from The English Midlands

Hi Diogenes / Bob :)

Brilliant thoughts; brilliantly conveyed.

Great :)


diogenes 5 years ago

Thanks Trish, especially as I know the distaff team, in this instance, would not agree with much of the thrust herein...Bob

By the way - and I mean this - I think your articles are the best I read on HP...


diogenes 5 years ago

Anton: Ha! talk about a debate using semantics. But I will study your points later...after coffee! Thanks for visit...Bob


diogenes 5 years ago

Hi Qudsia. Nicely put comment. I don't know about prayer (In my case), these are more like observations on why folk laud some Supreme Power which is bent on allowing destruction and causing misery, not to mention ignoring the poor in favor of the well-heeled...Bob


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Trish_M 5 years ago from The English Midlands

Diogenes, you are much too kind :)

There is a lot of really good work on Hub Pages ~ including your own :)


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Dear Trish: Perhaps there are other writers including myself who possess your ability to pen prose, but there are few who can do that and also go to the trouble you do (and know how)to download all the pictures and arrange everything so tastefully. This takes, time and caring. I hope you will reap the rewards for it, both in personal satisfaction and heaps of clicks...Bob


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Trish_M 5 years ago from The English Midlands

Hi Bob :)

Time ~ Yes, probably too much time. I should be doing housework and exercise!!! :)

Personal satisfaction ~ Yes, certainly, because I miss my studies. I am the eternal student.

Clicks? ~ Not so sure about that.

I would need to understand SEO, or whatever it's called, a lot better!

Thank you, though ~ very much appreciated! :)


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada

hats off to you once again for showing what a real writer can do with words!


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

A very nice thing to say, Rebecca...Bob


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FirstCommunion 5 years ago from US

It is such an amazing story!


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Diogenes, I your hubs because they always down to earth. Fact, Figures, full stop, Not worried or afraid if anybody likes it or not. I like that.

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