questions for god, if available


why do you allow these

dark imposters to soar

in gorgeous arcs

over your dominion?

did you invite them in?


is it your hand that

keeps them aloft

for hours on

still wings

so they can watch us?


did you design

these carrion feeders

to fly as if dark angels

for your amusement

or to confuse us?


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I've been writing mostly poetry for many years and have gotten a number of works accepted in publications and anthologies. I'm most interested in communicating with poets for whom craft is a high priority. I enjoy finding and commenting on poetic gems in other people's work. For my own work, I welcome polite comments, whether positive or critical.

14 thoughts on “questions for god, if available”

  1. Did you design them… to keep us on our toes?

    There’s a perfect starkness to your lines that allow the image and gorgeous arcs to move with an easy clarity. Great poem visually and for the question that probes it.

    Looking up from writing this comment I see a crow dive-bombing a passing eagle.


    1. thanks, chris, for your kind comments about the poem and for adding your observation of the crow going about its business with an eagle. in fact, i was inspired by a passage from mary austin in “scavengers,” where she describes buzzards hanging for hours, motionless in the upper air on the clear days.

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  2. Great poem and imagery!

    Reminds me of what Leonard Cohen wrote in one of his songs: “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”

    Lots of neat juxtapositions here. Perhaps darkness exists so that we can see the light. Maybe things are meant to taste bitter before they turn sweet. And carcasses can prolong the lives of buzzards. Without the bad we can’t see what’s good, etc. Fascinating world indeed.

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    1. i hadn’t seen the Cohen line, and it’s a good one. thanks for your thoughtful message. since you wrote it a couple of days ago there have been some brutal crimes in our country. it’s hard to see right now what good might come from them.

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  3. I really like this, how the whole notion of God is undercut by unpleasant, scary, or ominous things. We just don’t know who/what/why he/she/it is or how to think about him/her/it. You’ve captured that so gracefully here.

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  4. your descriptions of the poem’s topic are, themselves, illuminating. thanks so much for your kind comments. and it was circumstance that just this morning i came across your powerful poem “The Gods, the gods…” which I strongly recommend to any readers here.


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