God, or: Hell’s denizens

Poetry Partners #87

‘Speaking to God’, a poem by George Ellington of ‘Gaelic Dreams’

speak to God, he said to me
speakingly sing in prayerful
praise: thus honest and whole
wholesomely sounding cords
that only a reverent voice
can calm yet loving attain

but this, i said, is my voice
voyaging beyond this self—
how this reed does sing me
winding the words sweetly
as sounds unsung yet oh
so blissfully flowingly felt

this is how i speak to God
most meaningfully pleading
from cell to trembling cell
venously unveiling my soul
in each note, each tone
every moment finding faith

there are many voices in me
yet one infinite voice reconciles
all that I may be striving to sing
inspired by a most unexpected
heart that knew me at once
a spirit that believed in me

and taught me how to breathe

A shadorma by ben Alexander of ‘The Skeptic’s Kaddish’

I only
know how to punch keys
that produce
little shapes
limited to existing
associations

synonyms;
alphabet sounds; line
breaks; spaces     ;
intricate
forms; poetic devices
~ black fire on the screen

but my screams
~ those that singe my throat
with whitest
inferno ~
are sweet melodies only
to hell's denizens

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!


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14 thoughts on “God, or: Hell’s denizens”

  1. I’ve just come in to read,
    All appreciation and interpretation are expressed
    I too agree with Muri
    These two chakras,
    Heart and throat
    Soothed and devoured us
    So it must be.

  2. The first a lilting rolling tune that is sung with heart. The second a raging fire that rolls and rages from a throat and scorches the air. Powerful partnership!!

  3. David, thank you, it was an honor to write with you, my dear friend. Yours is a voice I deeply admire and find endless inspiration in.

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