25 October 2007

"The Preacher: Ruminates behind the Sermon" -- Questions about god

Here's an excerpt from a poem by Gwendolyn Brooks heard on a podcast of a Unitarian sermon this morning. I had to hunt it down and read the whole durn thing. Makes ya wonder who god goes to when he gets the blues.

There'll be more thoughts on god as soon as I figure out how to say it without being smote by sudden bolts of lightning.

The Preacher: Ruminates behind the Sermon
by Gwendolyn Brooks

I Think it must be lonely to be God.
Nobody loves a master. No. Despite
The bright hosannas, bright dear-Lords, and bright
Determined reverence of Sunday eyes.

Picture Jehovah striding through the hall
Of his importance, creatures running out
From servant-corners to acclaim, to shout
Appreciation of His merit's glare.

But who walks with Him? --dares to take His arm,
To slap him on the shoulder, tweak His ear,
Buy Him a Coca-Cola or a beer,
Pooh-pooh His politics, call Him a fool?

Perhaps -- who knows -- He tires of looking down.
Those eyes are never lifted. Never straight.
Perhaps sometimes He tires of being great
In solitude. Without a hand to hold.

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