Sunday, 22 May 2011

If God Was One Of Us



What if God was one of us
Sleeping under a tree shade, chewing on tobacco
Head balanced on a three-legged stool
What would we think of Him?

What if He came to borrow salt
At the doorsteps of our huts
And on second-thoughts
Also asked for a pepper
What would we say of Him?

If God sat with us
In Mwenge House
Watching English Premier League
Will he sit pensively or throw up his arms?
Will he do a Post-Match analysis?

What if he disguised Himself
As a thief
Would we do him a Mob Justice
And burn him with a tyre?

What if God was a noisy neighbor
Would we challenge him to a verbal match
Breathing fire?

Supposing God appeared on Local Telly
And said, “God here speaking,
I have checked in town,
Am fielding ten questions from you”

Naturally, one cynic would call
Saying, “Tell that to the birds
Your gimmicks won’t suffice”
Another would say,” Strange,
Question though, could you
Be running for presidency?”
Irked, another would retort,
“No way, our laws won’t permit that!”
An SMS would read, “God, do something
About your servants preaching seeds than repentance”

If God was one of us
Am afraid we would despise Him!

C) Lorot Salem 2011


From a prompt from Carry on Tuesday # 106

Task: To use a line or lines from Joan Osbourne's song 'One of Us'.

What if god was one of us
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Trying to make his way home

Use all or part of it within your poem or prose





10 comments:

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh I really love this. And in fact, I believe God IS one of us. Mother Teresa said He is disguised in the many faces of suffering on this planet. I enjoyed the wit in this poem, Salem.......wonderful writing!

Rinkly Rimes said...

An excellent response to the prompt. I have no doubt God would be considered very odd if he arrived unexpectedly!

Whitesnake said...

Just hope he brings the beers!

Mary said...

Salem, your "If God Were One of Us" poem is excellent. Very thought-provoking as well. I am going to have to think about this topic AND will follow your blog! I am so glad Sherry introduced us to your work at PU.

Salem Lorot said...

@ Sherry Blue Sky, thank you so much Koko. As always, asante sana.

@ Rinkly Rimes, in a special way welcome to Lorot's Poetry. I share with your sentiments. Thank you.

@ Whitesnake, first welcome to Lorot's Poetry. And not just beers but a crate of it. May be bottles of wine would suffice? Thank you for dropping by.

@ Mary, thank you so much for gracing my blog with your presence. Would love to read your train of thought on this one when you are done. :)

thebrokennib said...

Well, your poem does leave me with a lot of questions. I'll have to answer them one by one. :) An interesting take on the prompt

beccagivens said...

Timely message included ... I believe He would like for us to consider Him here and a part of everyone ... wouldn't the world be a better place if everyone looked at it in this manner? Hmmm - you leave the observer with something to ponder!!!

Salem Lorot said...

@ thebrokennib, first welcome in a special way to Lorot's Poetry. Thank you for reading especially your feedback.

@ beccagivens, I agree with you that the world would be a better place with such a renewed look at God. Welcome to this blog. "Karibu sana".

Jessica Prescott said...

Well done. Thought provoking. Even people who aren't cynics generally would have a hard time knowing whether or not it was really God.

Salem Lorot said...

@ Jessica Prescott, as we say here, Karibu to Lorot's Poetry. Thank you for visiting and I agree with you on this.

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