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(DV) Corseri: GOD







by Gary Corseri
March 15, 2007

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I’ve been meaning to have a talk with you, God.

You’re not all you’re cracked up to be!

You’re always testing, testing, testing—

Like a an old school-marm

Or a ruler-packing knuckle-cracker.

You stack the cards against us

Then tell us that we’re free:

Free to choose the Tree of Knowledge

Or live in holy bliss—doorknob dumb.

If we choose knowledge, we choose death.

Some parable!  Some choice!


They tell us you sent your Son to save us.


They tell us you hardened the heart of Pharaoh.


Shouldn’t you soften the heart of Pharaoh?

Did all those Egyptians have to die in the sea?

Weren’t they your children, too?

What’s the point of sending your Son

To die of crucifixion?

Couldn’t you simply make us all

A little more compassionate?


The fire-and-brimstone crowd

Say it’s all because of Satan;

God and Jesus are fine,

But Satan is mucking the works.

Satan turned women into witches,

Riding around on broomsticks,

Whooping and hollering,

Showing off their vaginas--

So we burned them at the stake.


Freud told Satan a joke about it

And they laughed together heartily.

When Satan guffaws, the pillars of Heaven rattle.

You, on the other hand, never even chuckle.

There’s not one healthy belly-laugh in the whole bloomin’ Bible!

Lighten up, God!  Take a breahter!


That Bible, by the way—what kind of book is that?

Was ever anything more radioactive?

“Love thy neighbor as thyself,” and

“‘Vengeance is mine,’ saith the Lord.”

So, what is it?  Vengeance or Love?

Satan or Christ?

The Tree of Knowledge

Or stultifying stupidity?

You always want to have it both ways—

The glory when things are honky-dory,

And the gory denouements when we screw up.

No wonder we’re schizoid!


I mean, take this Tower of Babel.

There’s everyone working together,

Dancing and singing, eating falafels,

Matzoh balls—whatever—and feeling real good

About their community organizations.

But you—you’re steaming,

Pulling your autocratic beard—

Your children are forgetting you,

Not making the proper obeisance!

So you hit’em with

A multiplex of tonuge-lashings--

A Cheney shotgun blast to the larynx.

What?  What’s he saying?


God, if you’re so God-wonderful,

Wipe the slate clean!

If you’re so God-Almighty,

Forgive and forget,

Re-wind the reel.

Those ancient texts

Need major re-editing.

A lot of good writers

Have come into their own

Since Solomon and Luke.

A lot of holy artists

Have their own take

On what’s worth living,

What’s worth dying for.


God, get a job!  Quit loitering!

Come down and clean up

Your goddamn, freakin’ bullshit!

I’m counting to ten, God.

Hop to it!

Gary Corseri’s work has appeared at DissidentVoice, CounterPunch, CommonDreams, The New York Times, Village Voice, ThomasPaine’sCorner and elsewhereHis books include Holy Grail, Holy Grail and Manifestations. He’s not sure if he wants to go to Heaven. He thinks he’s already in Purgatory. He can be contacted at:

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