Elena Plotkin

Please No More - Poem by Elena Plotkin

And so he wrote it on the message board,
A simple message for the Almighty Lord,
'Please God, who I worship and adore,
Please all merciful God, please no more! '
I saw it there upon the message board,
A simple message for the Almighty Lord,
I ventured to ask the owner of the store,
'Who wrote this message of ‘No More? ''
'A man came by here, a drifter, a bum
down in his luck, desperate, and glum.'
'Why keep it there? ' I dare then to ask,
'I cannot bare to do this simple task,
By all means do it yourself if you wish,
Some motions of the hand swish, swish, swish,
And the words will at last all disappear,
But first this much I feel you must hear,
Before that desperate man left my store,
I asked him what he meant by ‘No more, '
His reply was neither too fast nor too slow,
It was forthright, sincere, and full of woe,
‘Please God no more sickness; no more death,
I ask for others not just myself.
Please no more famine; please no more drought,
It's not just me I am thinking about.
Please no more tornadoes, quakes, and flood,
We are all just made of flesh and blood.
Please no more murder, rape, or abuse.
We all have some purpose and some use.
Please God, who I worship and adore,
Please all merciful God, please no more! ''
And after the owner said this to me,
the board's eraser he handed to me.
Some motions of the hand swish, swish, swish
But how can I erase that man's one wish?
So I handed the eraser back,
and thanked the owner for his great tact.
I said my goodbye and left that store,
I came home and looked at my front door,
Took a paper, a pen and wrote it down,
the very same words I read back in town,
‘Please God, who I worship and adore,
Please all merciful God, please no more! '
And as I took tape and stuck the paper on,
I knew that I wasn't the only one
who took a paper and wrote it down.
It couldn't just be me and this one town.

(C) 2013 Copyright Elena Plotkin

Topic(s) of this poem: god, hope

Comments about Please No More by Elena Plotkin

  • (7/23/2015 12:12:00 PM)

    That's touching but it pays to know that God is not the cause of all these plights... He doesn't cause war, neither does he famine or quakes and what have you. Many of these happen as a result of human activities and desires. God does not necessarily interfere in the affairs of man without man's permission. There's God, his name - YHWH, A prayer answering God and I know he listens to a heartfelt prayer. He would listen but men need to consider our ways and submit our will to him. There's so much evil and greed in the hearts of men: we block water ways and cause flood and God has to be held responsible.
    This is a good write my friend.
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    (7/23/2015 5:18:00 PM)

    I think I got you well Elena... Not really to say that's what the poem meant but an info to an otherwise thought and by reading through some comments. It's a good poem and I said early on, it's very touching and I might have done the same thing by handing back the eraser to the owner after his reasons. Maybe I thought beyond your writing. Stay blessed my friend

    (7/23/2015 12:25:00 PM)

    Sorry Allotey but I feel you misinterpreted this poem. This poem does not blame God for murder abuse famine etc. It asks God's help to stop these things. Because if God can't stop this who can?

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  • Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (5/15/2015 8:11:00 AM)

    Splendid sermon in poetic form. Excellently expressed! (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (3/10/2015 9:07:00 AM)

    This is truly a very nice poem.Loved it.The way you tell a story is amazing. (Report) Reply

  • Darlene Walsh (3/3/2015 7:32:00 AM)

    After a prayer like that, there can be no swish, swish, swish. This is a very lovely poem and prayer. My prayer I add, Please No More!

    Darla :)
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  • Bri Edwards (2/3/2015 11:24:00 PM)

    i guess, by this experience, you may have learned to 'read between the lines'. true story, or made up? ? or some of each? nice tumbling flow and nice rhyming. if there is a God, i hope she reads AND heeds the plea someday....... soon!

    to MyPoemList. and consider sending this to me to display in what i intend to be a monthly showcase of PH member poems on my site. thanks, Elena. bri :)
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  • Khairul Ahsan (7/20/2013 12:46:00 PM)

    A very nice poem. Liked it. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, July 12, 2013

Poem Edited: Monday, November 7, 2016

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