If Every God

for Eliot Katz

 

If every God is omniscient, why donít all Gods speak

of the omniscience of all other Gods?

If every God is the realization of the equality of all beings,

why donít all Gods realize the equality of all Gods?

If every Godís commandments are embraced as holy truth,

why arenít all Godsí commandments holy truth?

 If every God is a celestial medicine, why arenít all

Gods the celestial medicine of all other Gods?

If every God is a universal random bohemia, why arenít all

Gods the universal bohemia of all other Gods?

 

If every God is a terrible perdition, why donít all Gods speak

with terror of the perdition of all other Gods?

If every God promises peace & the rewards of afterlife, why

donít all Gods promise the promise of all other Gods?

If every God is within and without all that is born & unborn, why

donít all Gods reside within & without all other Gods?

If every God offers infinite comfort to the lowly & most high,

why donít all Gods comfort infinitely all other Gods?

If every God admires good works done freely, why donít all

Gods admire the good free works of all other Gods?

 

If every God knows no impossibility, why donít all Gods

know that all Gods know no impossibility?

If every God tastes like honey cured in the mouth, why donít

all Gods taste the honey cured in the mouth of all Gods?

If every God created the world in its own image, why donít

all Gods see their image in every Godís world?

If every God has its own chosen people, why donít all Gods

hear the cry of all other chosen Gods?

If every God sings the glory of creation, why donít

all Gods sing the creations of all other Gods? 

 

If every God is a remote language sobbing, why donít all

Gods sob for the remote language of all other Gods?

If every God is a maze of nearness, why donít all Gods

maze the nearness of all other Gods?

If every God lights the shade of darkest faults, why donít

all Gods light the shade of all other Godsí faults?

 If every God resides upon a cosmic mountain throne, why donít

all Gods reside upon the cosmic mountain enthroned?

If every God is an uninterrupted consent, why donít all Gods

give their uninterrupted consent to all other Gods?

 

If every God is a soldier of the past coming to protect you from

what has already happened, why arenít all Gods soldiers

protecting all other Gods from what has already happened?

If every God hates blasphemy, why donít all Gods hate

the blasphemy ascribed to other Gods?

If every God plagues the world for taking the name of God in vain,

why donít all Gods plague the taking of the name of all

other Gods in vain?

If every God reins supreme, why donít all Gods enjoy the

supremacy of all other Gods?

If every God is far more than a love far more than this, why

donít all Gods love far more than this all other Gods?

 

 

30 January 2002

 

 

[Published in Quien Sabe Mountain:

Poems 1998-2004. © 2004 by Jim Cohn.]

 

 

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