Tuesday, April 10, 2018

No Fickle Trickster, God

PAD Challenge 10; Here is our next prmpt from Robert Lee Brewer at Poetics Aside!
Wow! We’re already one-third of the way through this challenge, and I’ve been impressed (as usual) by the creative approaches to each prompt. It never fails to amaze and delight me to see a prompt take life once in the hands of poets.
For today’s Two-for-Tuesday prompt:
  1. Write a deal poem.
  2. Write a no deal poem.

Imagine being at the mercy
Of a God we could not trust
Known for shady business dealings
Stealing, trickery and such

What if seeds were stripped of bearing?
Or the bud bereft of bloom
Or the sun slipped from its mooring
And ricocheted off the moon

What if night might stay forever
Morning, an uncertain thing
What if just for fun He ordered
Winter again, after spring

Imagine being at the mercy
Of a God that we could prove
No bigger-than-mortal-answers
No unfathomable love

What if grace was just a fable
And faith didn’t need our prayers
Everything spread on a table
Like a merchant selling wares

What if, with vile angst and trembling
We, without His Word assured
Approached death with nothing more than
Maybe soul will be secured

Imagine being at the mercy
Of a fickle, two-faced God
Who, instead of dealing kindly
Gave us just what we deserved

…where the air would scar our faces
With the curses we have spewed
As He deals with the excuses
Explaining ingratitude

© Janet Martin

 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
            Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
Ps.103: 10

 Whether you've read it 100 times or never...
Please, read the whole glorious chapter here!

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