Monday Poem

Who made you? ,,,…………….,, God.
What else did God make? …… God made all things.
Why did God make you and all things?
………………. —Catholic Catechism for Small Children


God made the world
as much an open sewer
as a blazing emerald
in space

Why did god
make the world
whirl, was it

And why me,
part dark
part bright

Why did god
concoct schism
emeralds and sewers
shade and light

Why did god so diddle
make two poles?
Ah! —no ends, no middle

Apprehending the corona
of an eclipse: grabbing the
ring of fire round a vacant gate

Here a veined leaf,
there scorched earth
upon an earthen plate

bitterness unbounded
unbounded love

weightlessness and weight
decision, indecision

Are we made to love and serve
or to send hate off on a roll
to suck the us from we?

But to suck the us from we
leaves just me
with no god above


by Jim Culleny