Mary Angela Douglas


Alive - Poem by Mary Angela Douglas

we make useful things: things that won't shatter.
we make useful things, things that Matter.
think of a wave on the sea, I said;

think of a butterfly wing
crumbling to dust,
gold spotted;

they said weeping in lead.
you are besotted.
think of the rainbow edge

fluted along the floods
think of the mists that shrive
those in the house of sod.

and then the prairie rose
that no one has to mind
that glows in the mud

and the snow and the summers
honey hived.
these makers may stand and cheer

that long may their items survive.

but whatever is made by God
is the thing that has been alive.

mary angela douglas 4 april 2016

Topic(s) of this poem: god


Comments about Alive by Mary Angela Douglas

  • Richard D RemlerRichard D Remler (1/26/2019 1:14:00 AM)

    I love the imagery here. Meaningful and uplifting. Wonderful write. Loved it. (Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (6/21/2018 3:49:00 AM)

    I am human
    I can think anything
    I can do anything
    everything is rearranged by me
    God - I am not, but I can think about HIM
    I can make HIM in my thinking
    I can make HIM as doll
    I can make a shape of GOD and can worship
    I can worship a shapeless GOD- Who lives in my thinking
    God does nothing- I can do everything
    I make and I break
    I break and I remade
    For years after year.........
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    Isabel Monday(9/3/2019 11:08:00 AM)

    Hi Mary, Love your poetry. Sorry we lost touch. I was very ill. Can you message me on facebook. Hope you are okay in the storm and prepared. All my Love Isabel Monday your friend and fellow poet

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  • Dustin DawinDustin Dawin (7/18/2017 11:50:00 PM)

    Enjoyed thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (7/18/2017 10:05:00 PM)

    All around us, we see things of eternal beauty endowed to man by the most merciful Almighty God. Lovely piece of writing. Congratulations. (Report)Reply

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  • Christina SimmonsChristina Simmons (7/18/2017 5:28:00 PM)

    Such a joyous poem. Written words are very inspiring. Just a very happy penned verse. Congratulation! ! ! (Report)Reply

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  • Seamus O BrianSeamus O Brian (7/18/2017 10:53:00 AM)

    My usual brisk inspection of this Poem of the Day was brought to a sudden halt by your second stanza. My sense of duty evaporated by the third stanza and was replaced by a delightful sense of discovery. By the fourth stanza I was consuming each line slowly, chewing thoughtfully as each bite released many flavors to my hungry soul. I finished the last stanza, slowly exhaling, disappointed that the end had come, but very pleased to have found a new poet of significant talent. I look forward to enjoying the further exploration of your writing. Bravo! A more than usually well-deserved Poem of the Day! (Report)Reply

    Lantz PierreLantz Pierre(7/18/2017 2:08:00 PM)

    Yes, between the bookends one finds a transcendence in the facts of this world.

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (7/18/2017 10:48:00 AM)

    Simply awesome! ! Congrats. (Report)Reply

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  • Bernard SnyderBernard Snyder (7/18/2017 10:14:00 AM)

    Great poem, Mary! And spoken so truthfully that 'anything made by God is the thing. Also, congrats' for this lovely written poem to be chosen as 'poem of the day! Well deserved.10+++ (Report)Reply

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  • Practicing PoetessPracticing Poetess (7/18/2017 1:20:00 AM)

    You write with such picturesque language!
    Although I have only been on this site since March 2017, I have long admired your writing from afar!
    I love your rhyme pattern in this poem.
    Many congrats on being chosen for Member Poem of the Day (and I suspect it isn't your first time!) :)
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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (7/18/2017 12:32:00 AM)

    Reminds me of the song SURVIVAL popularized by AMERICA.... Nice poem... Rated 10++++ You may visit my HEARTACHES WILL NEVER LAST, BATHE YOUR HEART, and TAKE TIME TO THINK.... Thanks, Mary Angela👍 (Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (7/18/2016 10:52:00 PM)

    The poet has beautifully portrayed the nature around us and thanked God for His bounties.
    but whatever is made by God
    is the thing that has been alive.
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  • Kim BarneyKim Barney (7/18/2016 10:50:00 PM)

    Lovely poem, Mary. Congratulations for having it selected as poem of the day! (Report)Reply

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (7/18/2016 11:22:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem! Thank you for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (7/18/2016 5:21:00 AM)

    but whatever is made by God
    is the thing that has been alive.
    A few manifestations of nature and creations of the God beautifully discussed.
    Heartiest Congrats on that count as also on Poem of the Day.
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    Mary DouglasMary Douglas(7/18/2016 6:43:00 AM)

    Thank you for your kind comments.

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (7/18/2016 4:21:00 AM)

    May their items survive! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report)Reply

    Mary DouglasMary Douglas(7/18/2016 6:43:00 AM)

    You are welcome.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 4, 2016



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