0009 God's New Year Hangover

I’m wondering –
with, I trust, due circumspection
with respect to these holy, mighty matters
yet with the open mind
which He has risked mankind and me with,
whether He keeps a tally
or even an annual journal
of mankind’s cavortings around God’s Christmas…
and how mankind approaches
God’s seasoned, ordained New Year,
His holy, spirited Hogmanay.

Does He receive intelligence,
flights of angels pushing their way -
or unaffected, for who knows? –
through cyberspace, the ether, as it was
and is and ever shall be,
bringing news of how the Good News
went down this year;
the statistics, perhaps, of how many
parents explained this season of infantile blackmail
in the name of metaphoric divine love;
or whether His Christmas message
survived Brussels edicts
and Brussels sprouts

giving Him a clear week
before, in the name of
divine justice and equity,
laws obeyed or disobeyed,
Good and Bad,
Virtue rewarded,
cause and effect,
planning His New Year programme for the world -
a catastrophe here, a well-disguised miracle there –
just to remind mankind of who’s in charge
of those things not covered by your insurance
touchingly referred to without a hint of political correctness
as ‘Acts of God’…(He passed it over to Natural Law..)

Or as some divines assert: powerless,
even He, having set the world upon its course,
its laws – and love, it’s said – in Genesis I ch. I v. I
(and its equivalent of course, in other faiths) ,
to do aught but sit and watch
as the world plays out all this
divine comedy with its silent laughs
like some old film that’s put on
the TV every New Year’s Day;
here We go again, maybe He thinks..

or maybe with a gentle smile
that’s not forgotten the Paradise
of those Who Got What They Wanted
regardless of the cost, (for?) at Christmas;
the Hell of New Year’s Eve;
the Purgatory of a hangover;

or maybe He’s laughing fit to burst – they say
He got the Dawkins book on Christmas Day.

by Michael Shepherd

Comments (4)

I really like this poem. It reflects an urge to know deeper aspects of Supreme Absolute Truth...... My best wishes to you...... One should very strongly desire to know about Lord and pray sincerely. Nothing is better than praying, everything is spiritual life is revealed by the causeless mercy of Supreme Lord. Everything is there at the disposal of a sincere soul...., by the Mercy of Lord. Gaurav
If there is one, and if he's that wrathful creature of the old testament, well, as Dylan said - roughly in Highway 61 - 'the next time you see him coming you better run'! Laughter is the best medicine. Thanks for the usual brilliant insights and great poetry. Loved the twist in the tail/tale: He may be reading RD and thinking: this might all be true! - If he's reading Hume at the same time! All the best for 2007.
This is just too funny and the kind of sophisticated sattire I really enjoy. Thanks for sharing, Michael...and Happy New Year.! R.
Your superior writing and insight is appreciated. I too am amazed by the term, 'act of God' as employed by insurance adjustors. The only possible translation is, 'God did it to you so we're not paying.' A well known evangelist, that I don't normally care much about, addressed a crowd of about 18,000 gathered to assist with recovery after a mammoth flood in the St. Louis area, extended his arm over the crowd and said, 'This is an act of God.'