NaPoWriMo 23 – Beware The Gods

Beware if you feel that your God is near

Even with chances that you will feel no fear

Because the chosen will protect you like no other thing

It will give you  immortality and gossamer wings


I caution you only to pick it with care

To choose an icon who must really be there

The most omnipresent one of them all

And not just the one with the fanciest ball


I’m sure that people born into another land

Usually seek the God that rules with the same sized hand

One who stands before them, with a likening of their face

One who represents them without showing a false trace


There can be no aliens from another sort of life

Surely it would be dealing with an alternative strife

How can it represent you if it’s not the same

If it doesn’t know how to play our human game


They can only be conceived and written by us

After all, who’s interpretation would we trust

Than someone who spoke the most directly in our book

Written by saintly people who couldn’t have mistook


By virtue of their guidance and Divine will

There is no doubt that our lives they will fulfill

The prophecies and promises are written down by hand

By peoples of human origin, shuffling in life’s sand



I don’t warn anyone of the afterlife and its rules

I hear that no one yet has returned to give us those jewels

As far as we can know it’s up in the air

And no one can say how we really get there


I do hesitate to promote a God who is extreme

Telling us that with other humans, that we can be mean

Smite them and kill them and even set them on fire

Just because our visions are deep in time’s mire


I can’t accept if your God says it’s okay to hate

Or advocates death as a way to retaliate

Because they’re reading a holy book that’s isn’t theirs

It allows a murder of anyone and their heirs


No honest God could really allow such Deific sins

It doesn’t matter where or when the religion begins

They can’t  allow Its praises to be spattered with mud

Their Godly image, heavenly robes covered in blood


And books that say something counter to this

Should suffer more outside analysis

Because whosoever rewrote it into their own view

Isn’t doing any favors for their God or for you


Barbara Blackcinder


About Barbara Blackcinder

I am a poet/writer with a need for words. There are so many out there that I haven't used yet. They define all reality and mine when you read those from me.
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