Thursday, February 18, 2010

God Is (Poem)

God Is

God is—
      the first poem made
         stars in black holes
           fault lines redrawn

God is—
      the space after goodbye
         a memory's chip
           a will to be done

God is—
      an idea
         a question
           an article of faith

God is—
      a sign in ash
         a repeating petition
           a doubt removed

God is—
      a looking for
         a running behind
           an end to no hope found

God is—
         son and
           holy ghost

God is—
           the last poem ever made

Copyright © 2010 Maureen E. Doallas. All Rights Reserved.

This morning, Christine Valters Paintner of Abbey of the Arts wrote of and shared her contribution to the "first ever" Theoblogger Challenge at Patheos to write in 100 or fewer words an answer to the question "Who or What is God?" Christine, whose own response is here, invited her readers to write their own reflections and to post a link in her comment box, at the Patheos site, or on their own blogs. I decided to accept Christine's invitation, and after a few moments of quiet, the response above emerged.

How would you give voice to the Theoblogger Challenge? Offer your answer in my comment box and then visit the Patheos Public Square, where the topic for the week is "Gods and Goddesses".


Glynn said...

God is...the first thought that creates a poem. Beautiful, Maureen.

katdish said...

Oh, that is SO good! I love that.

We went out to dinner last night. It's strange, but both my husband and I noticed lots of folks with ash on their foreheads. I'm wondering if there are more people who are not ashamed of their faith, or that we are just paying more attention.

painter of blue (Sybil Archibald) said...

Arrived from the Abbey. Beautiful poem!

Abbey of the Arts said...

So beautiful Maureen, "stars in black holes" and "a sign in ash" are really moving to me today.

Kathleen said...

Alpha and omega poetry. :) Lovely and lovely design

Erin said...

This is amazing. Wonderful words.

Robin Arnold said...

Thank you for filling my head today. It feels nice.

S. Etole said...

powerful ... thank you

Anonymous said...

So fast. :) Just popped into Abbey of the Arts a few minutes ago...

as Kathleen said... beginning and end, a resting place

Ned said...

Yes-that's it:"the space after goodbye". God is not what isn't.