(04 October 1943 / Germany)


And God so loved his only son
that, as the minister was saying,
a young lad stood up, unafraid
and shouted, 'if God had really, truly loved
his only son, just like you say,
he would have not allowed them to
subject him to a shameful death.
It's what I think, he would, no way'

He had turned rather pale by now,
what with the stuffy congregation
staring at daring impudence.
While silence had descended from
the source of life from God himself.

Clearing his throat, the preacher raised
his half-closed fist toward his God
and said my son, now listen well,
it's 'AS you say, not LIKE you say'!

And all the people in the church
did nod with earnesty and silence.
Much awed by so much wisdom.

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Comments (3)

You're on a roll, Herbert! To adapt your own title - GOD said: 'Why oh why does the Church put people off me? Is it for this that I created freewill, for God's sake? '
Thats different Herbert. Good to see more experimenting, you always have such great endings too.
Loved it... so....British. You couldn't have set the poem in an American church service and been convincing.