Patti Masterman


Why We Need A God - Poem by Patti Masterman

Hospitals full of cancer patients,
In too much pain to scream or cry

Suicides walk long corridors of alone;
Paranoiacs, friendless and stupefied

Loveless children cry themselves to sleep;
Unwanted babies, left on doorsteps to freeze

Or get eaten by unloved dogs,
Chained up, in empty vacant lots

Of somebody's mind, that forgot how to love;
That never learned how to give and take

Unforgiving cruelty, that never forgets;
Insane jealousy, that maims the spirit:

Apparently it's all or nothing down here;
Either you got the memo or you missed it.

And the hour's always midnight
So try not to sleepwalk,
Because if you could see all the suffering in this world,
You wouldn't want to live
You wouldn't want to live

That's why we need a god-
Even if he is inspiringly impotent.


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 8, 2010



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