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Fertilizer

The wrath of God doesn’t have to be
the size of a hurricane
nor a major flood or forest fire
to leave us all in pain.

It can be an itch or an annoying twitch
a big black hair on your nose
painfully shy or one crossed eye
it’s terrible to have one of those.

Ugly or clumsy or not very smart
we all have our cross to bear
mismatch your socks get chicken pox
or forget your underwear.

Cowlicks birthmarks and knobby knees
all conspire to bring us down,
crooked teeth big ears and zits
are here to make us frown.

With a squeaky voice you don’t rejoice
and bad breath is problematic
as is hobbling on a cane
when you have a sore sciatic.

Oh Dear Lord just look at me!
a melting pot of woes!
As a kid I made a face
and wouldn’t you know…it froze!

What will we do with these gifts from you
bestowed on us in your wrath?
As we complain down here in our shame
do you sit on a cloud and laugh?

But then God said as he shook his head;
“My child I love you so..
these minor things that set you apart
are here to help you grow.”

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  1. Date: 1/16/2012 4:15:00 PM
    It wasn't God who gave Johnny Cash the name "Sue". That was his old man who quickly absconded after the boy's birth. Great poem with fine descriptiveness and rhyming.

  1. Date: 1/16/2012 2:29:00 PM
    So charming...made me laugh and yet so full of wisdom..BG

  1. Date: 1/16/2012 9:50:00 AM
    Enjoyed your poem, Bob. Humorous with a great ending. Love, Kim