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Where, oh where, is God? 
When will the man-child stop asking why,
stop searching for the other, the greater, the bigger
the more glorious presence?

This constant need to see other than oneself as the source.
Even with a brain (and we know Frank Baum has told us 
only STRAW men don’t have brains) we refuse to see, 
refuse like a baby forced to eat mashed peas.
We make our children are we their God’s? Hell no!

We name this Creator (for man is nothing-if not a naming animal).
(The father says Da; the baby says DA! Da says cat, baby says CAT!)
Life cannot exist for man without a naming, a judgment, a categorizing.
We cannot GROK it (as Heinlein's Christ character, Valentine Michael Smith 
illustrates for us in Stranger in a Strange Land).
For something, someone, has to have made us, yes? no?
Oh yes, they had to consciously decide to make 
something as marvelously special as us, didn’t they/it?
* Please refer back to verse 2 line 5.

Where, oh where, is God? When will the man-child stop,
stop searching for the teat, stop the blame game,
accept the responsibility for fouling His own nest?
Why does God have to look like us? 
Does everything we create look like us (the light bulb, the car)?
Does that mean there is NO primogeniture if He/she/it doesn’t look like us?
Wait, wait, all of Creation manifests differently, eco systems need 
diversity to maintain homeostasis! 
Yet we bawl like babies. WHY are You killing me!
Why must I die? What mutant child have you given me 
this spawn of Satan! 

This primogeniture, this God, this be all, end all, know all, BEING,
this omnipotent source either is outside of us? or inside of us?
Or are we inside of it? And, if it knows us not—
If like the amoeba, it simply divides to exist, absorbs to exist, 
excretes to exist. Why do we insist on worshiping it? 
Does It Know us? Does it know all of its creations? 
Is it an active participant in its own creations?
Refer to the book of life, the planet earth,
the solar system, the structure of an atom.
Use the brain you were given by God 

for YOU are not a Straw Man.


First Published in 2013 Sweet Dreams and Night Terrors

Copyright © | Year Posted 2015




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Date: 4/14/2015 12:12:00 PM
If he needed to micro manage there would be no reason for him to provide us free will. Have you read the book "The Shack"? It portrays God as a big black woman. Lots of religious types were quite angry but I personally loved the depiction and the portrayal of relationship. For me it was a masterful representation of a relational God who is above all things intimate and loving. He is not some distant entity with a big stick waiting to punish us.
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Date: 4/14/2015 12:16:00 PM
I believe there is a reason for all things - I may or may not know the reason, but the creator does - every action and reaction has a purpose - to me God is omnipotent
Date: 4/14/2015 8:48:00 AM
I so enjoyed reading this one again. On the surface this could be viewed as anti God but I see it more in the light of contemplative artistry. For me Christianity is not the blind belief in a fairy tale but rather the exploration of the magnificent that for me it exists in the smallest and largest details.
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Date: 4/14/2015 11:02:00 AM
I do believe in God, as primegenitor - just don't believe the a God that large micromanages?
Date: 4/13/2015 2:51:00 PM
love this write I will share this with my wife tonight I know she will enjoy it as well I think I just discovered one of my favorite poets on the soup. You get a 7 from me, keep writing please and God bless you, your newest fan LB
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Date: 4/13/2015 10:50:00 AM
Sorry forgot your #7..so here it is. Emile.
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Date: 4/13/2015 10:49:00 AM
The surface of your sanity has been scratched and you are asked to tend to a hurting heart with a placebo and a confused mind with empty platitudes. Your descriptive use of the English language and your suburb imagery are second to none. Emile #7
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Date: 4/13/2015 4:48:00 AM
Quite honest and profound...I have to "7" this one. You raise our level of contemplation with this piece.
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