Oh, God! or: Oh, man!

A ‘Waltz wave’ poem

Cha-
os gov-
erns
all as-
pects of world-
ly ex-
ist-
ence. This
weighs heavi-
ly on mere mor-
tals. So, we
convince
our-
selves of
gods, lest we
fall com-
plete-
ly a-
part

โ€˜What do you seeโ€™ Prompt #160

For Sadjeโ€™s weekly #WDYS prompt, she offered the photo below as inspiration for writers to produce art.

Image credit:
Pavel Danilyuk @Pexels

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!

51 thoughts on “Oh, God! or: Oh, man!”

  1. Humans have that need for explainations for their own shortcomings…
    but as some believe humans are in others image(s)… perhaps we all could use some piecing together?

  2. All the hyphenated words do make for a stilted read, but that reinforces the idea of chaos (probably your intent in crafting the poem this way?). Count me among the happily convinced. God gives us free will and doesnโ€™t force anyone to believe in Him.

  3. Such a great take and so true David. While the Wave form really makes you read the words and slows you downโ€ฆ the flow is a bit jarring for me but I do love what you did with it! ๐Ÿ’—

  4. I very much enjoyed your cosmic Waltz Wave, David. Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sparked my curiosity, prompting me ask:
    1. What is current scientific thought on the idea that chaos rules the cosmos? and
    2. Oh, God! or: Oh, man!?

    The first question returned this, for myself, illuminating scientific article, which you may have seen:

    https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/does-chaos-rule-the-cosmos

    (Spoiler alert: The article makes a credible case for Einstein’s view that “God doesn’t play dice.”)

    The second question is still processing, but so far, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s opinion causes me to suppress a foolish grin: “Every man is a divinity in disguise, a God playing the fool.”

    1. ๐Ÿ’– CES ๐Ÿ’– ~ I hadn’t seen that article before. Thank you! I doubt much has changed since it was written, but apparently it was published 30 years ago… I wonder if any new thinking on the matter has challenged its conclusions.

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