Treasure Island

Valerie Dohren

(13 January 1947 / Southport)

I'm Only Human (for Diane)


Oh God, I’m only human
I haven’t been here long
I’m not blessed with divinity
So bound to get it wrong

Oh God, I’m only human
I try to be so good
I learnt to swim quite early
And hence survived The Flood

Oh God, I’m only human
I shout and curse and pout
And though I may not show it
I’m really quite devout

Oh God, I’m only human
I never go to Church
I’m sorry to neglect You
And leave You in the lurch

Oh God, You're up in Heaven
Whilst I am down below
What is it like to be there?
I’d really like to know

Oh God, I’m only human
Yet always strive to be
A good upstanding citizen -
And ask You round for tea

Oh God, I’m only human
I say my prayers each day
I’ve not yet won the lottery
To that, what do You say?

(Oh God, we’re only human
So this I You implore
To set to rights this planet
And bring an end to war)

Submitted: Monday, April 01, 2013
Edited: Monday, April 01, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Written in response to Diane Hine's comment on my poem 'I'm Just A Woman) . I'm sure God has a sense of humour.

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  • * Sunprincess * (1/28/2014 4:02:00 PM)

    .....love that last stanza I to wish an end to the wars...to live in peace would be a dream :) (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham (4/25/2013 10:31:00 PM)

    This is really a magnificent poem and one that I truly
    enjoyed reading. We all are Human and therefore
    are imperfect. Hopefully we will learn from our mistakes. Most appreciative! (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Feldman (4/15/2013 10:06:00 PM)

    I think that the Human Animal is Nature's greatest mistake, however poets that write like you are an exception. (Report) Reply

  • John Brown (4/14/2013 5:52:00 AM)

    Good poem Val. It tickled me pink. As to bringing an end to war - sadly, evil men make too much money out of it to do that. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (4/6/2013 9:12:00 AM)

    Really enjoyed this sequel! Of all, I love the third stanza! As human beings, we always have our weaknesses. But, if we are devout, God gives us the grace to wade through the adversities of life and forgives our imperfections! (Report) Reply

  • Hans Vr (4/5/2013 9:49:00 PM)

    Superb poem with a serious message brought on a humoristic note.
    A poem that brings some joy in the reader's mind.
    A poem that enlightens a bit one's day
    Excellent. (Report) Reply

  • Danny Draper (4/5/2013 7:50:00 AM)

    I'm just a poet and dig this more and hope that you are heard about war and will wishfully hope on many a score. (Report) Reply

  • Nader Baheri (4/4/2013 11:38:00 AM)

    of course God has such sense of humour.
    the only important thing is humanity.we all are human although some of us may forget it some time.
    this poem just reminded me a quotation by baroque spinoza who has said God has not created this world to stand out of it
    so everything happens here is God himself even the untrue things.
    great i really love it~nb (Report) Reply

  • Thomas A Robinson (4/4/2013 7:53:00 AM)

    Moses and Jesus came walking up the path,
    Moses to Jesus, What a lousy spring we are having this year!
    Jesus to Moses, Jesus, you got that right!

    Man was created in the image of God.
    Want to see what God looks like ?
    Get a mirror! (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (4/3/2013 4:32:00 AM)

    Thank you Val for taking me up on my daft suggestion - you've done a wonderful job. (second stanza is my favorite) ! (Report) Reply

  • Dave Walker (4/1/2013 9:13:00 AM)

    A great poem, you could do a whole range of poems
    like this. They would make great reading. (Report) Reply

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