Diana van den Berg

Rookie - 284 Points (4 November 1945 / Durban, South Africa)

Good Morning God - Poem by Diana van den Berg

Good morning, God
in this picture-book, pre-work moment.

Look at that pair of yellow-billed kites
playing in the thermals
above the traffic
with the grace and spirit
you gave them.
Is that the way they greet you at the start of every day?

See the elegant curve of those palm branches
reaching towards you
in the blueness of beyond
then bowing in submission.

Your smiley-face sun is summer-warm
and reflects in the faces of pedestrians
sporting sunshine, sea and pasture colours
and walking with the lightness of summer in their step.

You see, God, I am on my way to the stables to see Flicka
before work today as well as after
- but you know that, don't you? -
However, I know you'll forgive my irrepressible chatter.

You see, you have painted such an uplifting day
that I can't contain my exuberance about it.

And in a few minutes
I'll see Flicka
- watching me from afar -
- wondering if it's me - is it? isn't it? -
then as I get nearer -
that indescribable moment of recognition -
in his stance -
the carriage of his head -
the pricking of his ears -
and when I am close enough to see - the glow in his eyes.
And then, our long hello
that only he and I can understand - and you too God, I suppose.

God, thank you for this sunflower morning.
It is a luxurious cushion for my broken heart.

(4 January 2002)


Comments about Good Morning God by Diana van den Berg

  • Rookie John Knight (3/9/2010 4:42:00 PM)

    Hi Diana - This is lovely emotive poem - giving praise to our Creator God for the blessings of each new day. Verses 1,2,3 & 4
    The birds upon the tree tops sing their song
    The Angels raise their voices - all day long
    The flowers in the garden blend their hue
    So why shouldn't I - why shouldn't you
    Not praise Him too.

    God created the Sun and the Moon and the Solar System to ensure the Planet earth was just in the right place ecologically - to sustain life.
    Verses 5 & 7. Horses are wonderful - created by God to provide power for man (horse power! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !) and to give man a real understanding friend in the animal kingdom. Verses 6 & 8. We need to thank God exuberantly for each new day. God knows and understands us individualy - as you say in your poem - when our hearts are broken God gives us a sunflower morning. This softens the blow with a luxoriuos cushion of blessing and grace. Thanks for sharing - Love in poetry JOHN (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 12 Points Fay Slimm (7/20/2009 2:46:00 AM)

    What a sunshiny morning this has brought to my day - - thank you Diana - you see the almost unseeable and write with such warmth - - - the mundane becomes gold with your pen......10 + + + from Fay (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Henry Brown (7/13/2009 11:26:00 AM)

    I am sure God smiled when he read this poem. And the bonus for me was that Flika was my 2 year old granddaughters favourite DVD 10+++ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Alison Cassidy (5/23/2009 3:17:00 AM)

    The poet as the eyes of God - that is how I see this poem. So many live without living; see without seeing. You show the world how extraordinary is the ordinary; how the sublime lives in all of us every day. As for your Flicka - I'm not sure if this is a lament or a celebration. Perhaps they are one in the same. It is certainly glorious. Love, Allie ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,137 Points James B. Earley (4/27/2009 11:34:00 AM)

    A poignant portrait of a special moment, too often taken for granted! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sandra Fowler (3/1/2009 6:46:00 AM)

    The warmth of your sunflower morning connects with this readier
    You not only write poetry. You are a poem.

    Kind regards,

    Sandra (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, February 18, 2009



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