Paul Sebastian


Man's Greed - Poem by Paul Sebastian

God fashioned man out of earth
In His image and breathed life into him
Woman He created for him to love
Dominion over creation, He gave him
Eden's Paradise, earthly heaven as his treasure
Man, yet succumbed to Evil One's temptation
Greed banished him from heavenly pleasure
To till the earth for food; to earth, his destination

Greed begets even more deprivation
Man's insatiable greed has no limitation
He has learnt not despite Eden's first lesson
In his heart, greed to be like gods, lives on

Man looks for strange gods to trust
He worships the god of material riches
Falls at the feet of goddess of lust
Bows before goddess of envious witches
His heart wears pride as the devil's crest
Prowls to steal, kill and destroy: No glitches!

Powers of darkness, his propriety
Offers food to the god of gluttony
Religion abused in the name of Almighty
Alibi for rapes, killings; massacres for tyranny
Rich get richer; the poor suffer in dire poverty

Eco-green sacrificed to fatten an economy
Rapid industrialization, at expense of man's health
No regard for our children's futurity
Insane to abuse and rape Mother Earth!
Recklessly tampering with his posterity

Suffer man with floods, drought and eco-pollution
Mother Nature, suffocates in global warming
Flash weather changes, flash floods displacing thousands
Displaced millions more in nations that are warring
Coveting a people with self-stamped ideological warrants

Marriage institution wearing, gay-marriages in
Cultural norms challenged and evolving
Social-religious values trampled, crumpling
Is this the apocalypse man's hastening?
Has man begun his own grave digging?

Would he relent to warning cries and sober?
Rebel till it's too late? Then cry, 'Oh, my God! '
Would he forcefully usher in a new world order?
Would he elect the Chaotic Leader of days of old?
Man is mere earthly man, not God
He cannot play God, not reincarnate God
(He'd reincarnate the devil in him, as his god!)

Mother Earth, he must respect
Mother Nature, he must protect
God's Law he must hearken
To God he must return
Not become, himself, a god!

22.9.2014

Topic(s) of this poem: greed


Poet's Notes about The Poem

In the wake of global warming, wars, climatic changes and its consequences that have displaced thousands, this poem extols man to
go back to basics to love his fellow men and God's creation.

Comments about Man's Greed by Paul Sebastian

  • (7/27/2018 3:02:00 PM)

    Greed begets even more deprivation
    Man's insatiable greed has no limitation
    This poem summed up all the wrongdoings man has inflicted upon Mother Earth in such an eloquent manner. Thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
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  • Kostas Lagos (7/27/2017 6:59:00 AM)

    Reminds me of the prophetic books.Exceptional! (Report)Reply

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  • Howard The Motivational Poet Simon (6/7/2015 12:22:00 AM)

    A splendid sermon in the form of a poem. well said my friend! (Report)Reply

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  • Paul Sebastian (5/20/2015 7:45:00 AM)

    dear fellow poets, thank you so much for your affirmation and encouragement. What a wonderful fraternity we have got! I must go on writing. each time I write is like squeezing my heart to paint a picture. Your support make it worth the while. (Report)Reply

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  • Paul Sebastian (5/20/2015 7:39:00 AM)

    This poem was published in The Herald, a Malaysian Catholic weekly, last week under the Editor's column. (Report)Reply

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  • (5/9/2015 9:57:00 PM)

    Can some one help me understand this poem? I'm finding it a little complicated. (Report)Reply

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  • Godfrey Morris (4/27/2015 6:57:00 PM)

    lovely poetry my friend. I did enjoy. (Report)Reply

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  • Kewayne Wadley (4/27/2015 4:33:00 PM)

    Powerful words! ! +10+10+10! ! (Report)Reply

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  • Kewayne Wadley (4/27/2015 4:31:00 PM)

    Powerful words! ! +10+10+10+10 (Report)Reply

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  • Kelly Kurt (4/27/2015 3:34:00 PM)

    You would think we would have learned by now. Thank you for your poetic plea to wake up as a planetary people (Report)Reply

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  • Clarence Prince (4/27/2015 11:47:00 AM)

    Yes, To God He must return
    Not be come, himself, a god
    Indeed very well said, Paul!
    Thanks for sharing, this lovely poem!
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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (4/27/2015 10:36:00 AM)

    Greed brings darkness in life as night like darkness in power spoils life. Very wonderful presentation really and nice sharing. Congratulations. Viewing your poem as special poem of the day is very nice. Happiest moment it creates on reading. Wonderful really. (Report)Reply

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  • Lyn Paul (4/27/2015 3:32:00 AM)

    Brilliant poem, especially to be written by yourself, A Man. Wonderful Words for us all. Thank You (Report)Reply

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  • Hans Vr (4/27/2015 2:29:00 AM)

    Excellent work, Paul. Congrats (Report)Reply

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  • Akhtar Jawad (10/28/2014 9:18:00 AM)

    Mother Earth, he must respect
    Mother Nature, he must protect
    God's Law he must hearken
    To God he must return
    Not become, himself, a god!
    A great poem with a great message...............10
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  • (10/1/2014 12:46:00 PM)

    The issues plaguing Mother Earth are very artificial and man-made and that is because of excessive greed
    of human beings........very well composed and inspiring
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  • (9/28/2014 9:18:00 AM)

    You've laid it on the line here Paul. Man's selfishness and greed is going to destroy this planet, we're rushing headlong into the abyss. I agree entirely with the sentiments of this poem. It's such a shame that wealth and power are now the idols that many worship. No thought for their own children and grandchildren. No thought for anyone or anything but themselves it seems. (Report)Reply

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  • Valsa George (9/26/2014 4:00:00 AM)

    You have covered almost all vital issues of man that leaves him a brute, from greed to lust, value degeneration to the loss of sanctity of the institution of marriage and also violence and exploitation of man and Nature! We are a lot who never learn from History and are digging our own grave! The moral indignation of a sensitive man over the present deterioration is felt in every line! GREAT write! (Report)Reply

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  • Chinedu Dike (9/25/2014 4:26:00 AM)

    Definitely an inspired poem from ABOVE, sourced from INFINITE INTELLIGENCE of OMNISCIENT GOD. A powerful message beautifully penned. Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, September 25, 2014

Poem Edited: Sunday, May 10, 2015


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