M.D Dinesh Nair

(Thrissur/Vijayawada)

IF GOD EVER OFFERS TO BEFRIEND ME*...


If God ever wishes to befriend me,
First I shall tell him,
'Wait, let me feel You once'
And I shall stretch my hands to Him.

In the meantime I shall touch Him unlike you all,
I shall touch His eyes and ears,
I shall touch His nose and then
I shall put my hand on His chest on left to feel'That'pulse!

Meanwhile He will be smiling at me
And He will be thinking I am mad and idiotic.
But I shall be happy if I feel none of them in Him
And I shall be unhappy if He has any of them.

'He lives there in our minds', you will all say, my friends,
'And we feel Him ever and ever', you will soon add.
Soon will I begin to assume for once
'God, befriend them for once as they are aliens to You'!

If God ever wishes to befriend me,
I shall prefer to be shot on the toe by a savage**
And I shall lie on a cross and nail myself on it.
The frowns on your faces, my friends, will haunt me then!

-Sharp criticisms are welcome-

Submitted: Saturday, September 07, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, September 17, 2013

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*With due apology to Valsa Madam for not sparing her God.
**Lord Krishna died after a hunter shot him at one of his toes mistaking it to be a white bird.

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  • Dinesh Nair (9/17/2013 3:02:00 AM)

    Dear Ozark Mountain Homegrown and Matt Mooney, I have asserted the non existence of God all across the lines and my conditions for befriending Him clearly point to that. If theists are ready to accept any kind of God just because they think He is there, I am daring enough to say it is not possible for me. I request you to read my poems/.submissions of the kind when you feel free and I shall be reading yours too.
    Regards.. (Report) Reply

  • Matt Mooney (9/16/2013 3:06:00 PM)

    This fine poem comes so close to God it's hard to believe it was written by an atheist. There is a touch of doubting Thomas after the Resurrection about it. Pope Francis recently spoke with great understanding on the subject of atheism. Anyway I admire the poem. (Report) Reply

  • Ozark Mountain Homegrown (9/16/2013 1:00:00 PM)

    I respect your courage to share with all, your personal beliefs or in this case..non beliefs...Sometimes it is very difficult to stand apart in a crowd of adversity..I admire that...after all, religion is a very personal belief and value, and is quite diverse, in and of itself.....It can possess many different views and interpretations, with both open minds, and closed minds as well.. (Report) Reply

  • Payal Parande (9/13/2013 12:23:00 PM)

    God and Nature first made us what we are, and then out of our own created genius we make ourselves what we want to be. Follow always that great law. Let the sky and God be our limit and Eternity our measurement.
    a very unique and thought provoking write sir... (Report) Reply

  • Kavya . (9/13/2013 5:32:00 AM)

    I feel very elated reading al the innumerable comments on this poem............as you have rightly pointed out, God is one, he resides in each ones heart, n if gotten a chance to befriend him, means nothing less than being with him in heaven.............ur last para on getting shot / crucifixed, death be it in any manner, ulimately the sole destination would be near God, the only path of befriending Him...........a gud write Sir (Report) Reply

  • Tajudeen Shah (9/12/2013 11:25:00 PM)

    Well, Gratitude immense, dear Dineshji, for your powerful versification. I wonder, and am delighted, at the responses, reviews, expressions from much lofty realms of acumen those bards have selflessly submitted in respect to your good self. Your poem has successfully triggered many souls. Beyond the conventional possibilities of a verse, your thought as it incarnated into exceptionally enthusiastic souls, attained much repute and blessings. For an ordinary reader, it might leave a gentle irritation of a controversy. But, the kind of ideological and intellectual explosion your verse has caused still resounds far behind the mass-less walls of souls. I wish your robust current belief got more mellow to consider leading a genuine Yaga in pursuit of the absolute understanding; Is there, if yes, Who and How, Why and Why Not. Vijayee Bhava: (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh Rai (9/12/2013 10:53:00 AM)

    God is always your friend either you accept it or not rather he is the part of your life at every moment. he is visible n invisible both. can you isolate your soul. certainly not. thnx for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Neela Nath (9/11/2013 9:17:00 PM)

    I think God is the word which can be felt as a symbol of honesty, purity.The word anchors us to a world of belief which may guide us and shows us the right path. (Report) Reply

  • Hazel Durham (9/11/2013 9:44:00 AM)

    God is there for you and everybody but you don't believe or do you?
    He seem's never far from your thoughts and you present a case that he could be around,
    But you choose to keep the door firmly shut,
    I think love is God and when we love, his presence is within us all!
    Entertaining write! (Report) Reply

  • Nasarudheen Parameswaran (9/11/2013 9:28:00 AM)

    Sir, Your expectation will be satisfied as He has no body.Body is bound by Time and Space.By all holy books the God is above all constrains a He is Unique, unborn and eternal. Kindly read my poem Ode to Rioters and Who is God which are added comments on your poem. I like your child like questioning in this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (9/10/2013 8:09:00 PM)

    I think by the time we reach middle-age, our beliefs are unlikely to be altered significantly.
    I wonder whether faith is more of a burden or a help for young people though. (Report) Reply

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (9/9/2013 9:32:00 PM)

    Manifest to un-manifest poet's behest that took us merry go round here we can see or find Christ's friendship, Krishna's friendship happiness and torture but If God Ever Offers To Befriend Me*... by M.D Dinesh Nair has hidden quest to be friend of God in spite of all sufferings and torture because love cages all thank you poet nice work thank you (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (9/9/2013 10:30:00 AM)

    Hahaha this is funny reply dear Dinesh
    you kind remind me about my wish to play instruments
    I think i cant played it as i dont think i can play
    and i will never find my courage if i never try
    but the more i try to have try it..i guess
    i slowly understand how it works
    maybe i can play them...
    so if you want to know
    get to know first
    and hope u can feel later
    hahahahaha...take care dear_Soul (Report) Reply

  • Dinesh Nair (9/9/2013 7:41:00 AM)

    And here is God speaking to me perchance
    Through Unwritten Soul the mediator.
    But reluctant I stand dear Soul
    For compromise is like
    Defeat disguised
    In form dear.
    Ha ha.. (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (9/9/2013 7:28:00 AM)

    He always offering, but what would you say more..hahahaha
    If you cant touch see and listen to Unwritten Soul..i even a human
    its hard for you to get all senses to convince you..He is a God
    but what you sense actually you sense things from Him
    If i ever explain to you the shape of him
    tell me first shape of love, not heart
    God never offers to befriends you
    because He already have you
    it just you who waiting for more love
    that can convinced you...
    ..._naughty Unwritten Soul (Report) Reply

  • Dinesh Nair (9/8/2013 7:33:00 AM)

    Comment: 3

    Oh Aswath,

    I wish I were a curious child
    And you were talking about things pertinent
    I wish I were to own 16% of my brain
    And view with you all that divinity creating the stardust first.
    I wish I were otherwise one among the lower organisms
    And you and I were not to talk all this like this.
    I wish you were to say 'cheers'
    Filling your new glass with some new wine!

    Some write when drunk
    And then edit when sober.

    Aswath, I cannot edit anything here.

    Happy to know that you read a lot of things on science just as I read the stuff written on God or religion.
    But the devices vary and like you I cannot still ponder over the past preceding the big bang and the supreme power with mandatory existence to be a cause and then to shrink to the image of a passive observer.

    I congratulate you Aswath, for your argumentative skills which have a million reverberations across the caves of this world with one mouth. I am standing at its entrance knowing the trap within and can only retreat and there is no question of going in for the saying goes, ' curiosity kills the cat'.
    I am pained myself indeed that the world I see is in mere state of some kind of continuance like a rudderless boat floating for sometime quite surprisingly. That surprise does not mean its under currents have positively destined its safe sailing. Because there is a boat seen, we need not assume that a boat is mandatory to have a rudder. The sinking boat obviously frowns at its rudderless state.

    Thirupathi Chandrupatla sir,
    The PH is as every other platform is synonymous with one teeming with men and women who cannot be different for a change even after centuries of observations of the pathos and pangs of the life surviving on this planet..
    We think, so we exist and we feel, so we express.
    I know your asking for a consensus as a matter of clear message that amounts to the usual saying 'much can be said on both sides'. But to me, compromise is half defeat here and I am not in a desperate state of finding a torch that can be flashed on a thing that isn`t there. While it is up to the Almighty to manifest in whatever way He wants provided He exists, I am bothered about the absolute absence of any Divine Intervention which to me is not convincing and the babbling of the millions cannot change the scenario.
    My poem is a humorous protest against a blind and deaf God who has no heart either. If you prefer to believe that God can be in a state of His choice doing or not doing anything whatever way He likes, I differ with you.

    Anyway I am to soon read your poem to know yet again how another poet is searching for the cat which is not there in a dark room. Thank you sir.

    Geetha Jayakumar, what you have written I do never delete and my poem is not to be weighed down by any counter writing as it is not my personal poem on my individual woes and the argument is not aimed at educating the 'much erudite'.

    Gulsher John, happy to see a message from you after almost half a year. This write has not been submitted for symbols and metaphors to have a say and see how it lies like Abhmanyu fatally wounded in the Padma Vyooha. That`s another tale John. Anyway I am obliged to read you as you were my reader long long before. (Report) Reply

  • Gulsher John (9/7/2013 9:54:00 PM)

    Dinesh this time you went with very plain discussion abt god's existence, would much better if you insert symbols and metaphors........ caz for such gigantic themes more sublime tone is best suited
    Anyhow the attempt is mind blowing...
    P.s. would like to invite you to read my new one (how little i understand) playing the same tune (Report) Reply

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (9/7/2013 7:43:00 PM)

    Almighty/God is a concept we develop and accept. Your idea of touching and feeling him is very reasonable in my view. I don't know where you will find a savage when God has befriended you. Please see my poem 'Almighty' when you have time. I went with another approach. I am sure you will get lot of discussions and hope you will find a consensus. Thank you for a thought-provoking poem. (Report) Reply

  • Aswath Raman (9/7/2013 4:02:00 PM)

    3) Science is a learning process. And it also one's perception subject to his experience and knowledge. Always updated and redefined as new events revolve. No hypothetically we say, there is something, the most basic element, in vaccum, i.e space as well as in matter. Say CERN comes up with something after due research that God exists. In such a case I'm sure you'll accept the concept of God. Coperniccus, Galiele, Newton, why, even Wright brothers were mocked for their belief mad out of their experiences. But later, The Vatican, London Sciemce Academy and New York Times had to revise their statements. So, knowing that there is no permenance in science, how can you blindly defy something which, due to the time frame involved and inability to copulate, may not be proven in acceptable terms?

    4) We have discovered only 15% of brain capacity is utilised. If we are to open a portal to evoke and stimulate the brain and use it to some 75%, what if you can actually understand the concept of God? (Report) Reply

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