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I was sitting along

In a godforsaken bar

Somewhere on the lunatic fringes

Of society


On the bad part of town

Over by railroad tracks 

Heading to hell

As fast as I could drink it down


Enjoying my lonely drink

Drinking by my lonesome self


With my partners

Jimmy Dean, and the Walker brother

And his old Granddad


Just drinking and hanging

With the Jack Daniel's gang


A crazed bum

With a thousand year stare

Walks up to me


He begins

Muttering to himself


Nutty nonsense

Crazy words

In a lunatic's voice


He had the look

Of one possessed 

By his own demons


That only he can see

Or hear


Possessed by a secret knowledge

Only he knew


Despite myself

I was fascinated 

By this lunatic's tale


So, I stopped him 

And said


So, what's your game



The short little dude

Stopped his insane prattle


Starting at me

With that thousand year old stare


Just another washed up



Too many drugs

Too many bad nights

On the wrong side of life


An acid causality from the 60’s

Went out so far

Down the LSD rabbit hole

Never came back


He looked at me

And proclaimed his story


He reared up

And filled up the room


And lifted the bar

On his finger


And stared down at me

From the sky


And said

Since you asked


I am God

The alpha and Omega

The real deal


The original dude of dudes

The sultan of Swing

God of hosts

And father of that Jesus dude


But no one knows me 

Any more

No one cares


They think I am irrelevant

They think I am dead


They think I am a fairy tale

From some olden, ancient time


Some say I am dead

Others think I should be dead

That my work is done


I looked at him

Carefully now

And what did I see


An old man

With that lunatic look

But there was something else


He was crazy

Sure yes

But perhaps he was the real deal


I mean why not

Why would not God be

A lunatic wandering around loose


Talking to low lives like me

In a bar

On the way to hell


So, I looked at him

And invited him to share

His tale of woe


God tells me

Well, it's like this


Many a year ago

People believed in me


But one day

They quit believing in me

And they went on without me


As they left me 

My powers got weaker and weaker

And so eventually I became

What you see today


A broken down drunk

Hanging out 

Looking for a hand out

Looking for some company

Or at least a free dinner


And he laughed and laughed

And I looked at him

And saw the beginnings of the end

And the ends of the beginnings


I saw a million planets 

Flash by 

A billion people

A trillion sentient beings


Thinking all at once

Thoughts filled my head

Lights flashed


And I knew

He was telling the truth


But it did not matter

In this day and age

Of materialism


God has no role

God is truly dead


And so, I bought him a drink

And walked out of the bar

Profoundly sadden by what I had seen


God was dead

And we had all conspired 

To kill him


Long live God


Published in Otherwise Engaged, Vol 1 2018

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thanks for the comment.  This poem is indeed unsettling.  It reflects on whether there is a room for God in the corrupt modern world.  and it was written as a nightmare. 



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Important theology here. Kudos on having it published. The short, swift, flowing lines sound just like a bar conversation.

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thanks for the feedback. Glad you liked it,

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