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Poetry---The Changing Face of God

17 November 2005 at 03:55 | 336 views

By Mohamed Boye Jalloh-Jamboria.

THE CHANGING FACE OF GOD

(A LAMENTATION FROM THE OTHER FACES OF THE WORLD)

WE ARE WORLDS APART ;YET SO NEAR,
WE ARE THOUGHTS APART ;YET SO CLOSE.

YOU,YOU WANT IT SEEN ;I , I WANT IT FELT
YOU ,YOU HAVE IT SEEN ;I, I HAVE IT FELT

WHO ARE YOU AND WHOM AM I?
YOU ARE WHAT YOU ARE; I AM WHAT I AM
BUT; WE MEET AND WE HAVE TO MEET!
WE HAVE TO ,BECAUSE WE ARE IN THE SAME HOUSE.
YOUR WAYS MAY NOT BE MINE AND MINE NOT YOURS
YET !WE ARE IN THE SAME HOUSE!!

YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN THE SOURCE OF MY PAIN
AND I,I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN YOUR COMFORTER!
IN PAIN AND IN WOE HAVE I ALWAYS BORNE
THE BRUNT OF YOUR DEMANDS!
IN PAIN AND IN WOE HAVE I ALWAYS BORNE
THE YOLK OF YOUR DEMANDS!

WITH PATIENCE ;UNDERSTANDING AND WISDOM
I HAVE SLAVED FOR YOU TO GET YOUR WANTS
CAUSE I KNOW YOU ’RE LIKE A CHILD ASKING OF A PARENT!
A PARENT THAT IS AWARE OF HIS RESPONSIBILITIES,
FEELING YOU WILL ONE DAY GROW UP AND OUT ,
OUT OF YOUR CHILDISHNESS!!

ALAS! I WAS MISTAKEN AND WOE UNTO ME !
I AM COMING TO REALISE ;YOU HAVE NEVER GROWN,
NEVER GROWN; FOR YOU ALWAYS REVERSE ORDER
YOU REVERSE ORDER TO GET YOUR KICKS !!
TO GET THOSE INSTINCTS QUIETED BECAUSE
YOU ARE ANIMALISTIC BUT YOU SAY I AM!
YOU ALWAYS TURN THE CLOCK OF TIME BACKWARDS
BECAUSE YOUR GOD IS AN UNSTABLE ONE
YET YOU SAY IT IS MINE!

YOU TOLD ME OF A GOD
A GOD OF PATIENCE ,LOVE AND MERCY!
YOU TOLD ME OF A PLACE BUILT BY THIS GOD
A PLACE WHERE WE ALL WILL GO TO REST FROM THE TOILS !
TOILS CREATED BY YOUR GOD WHEN HE CHOOSES TO USE THE
NAME: DEVELOPMENT
YOU TOLD ME OF A PLACE
A PLACE WHERE I WILL REGAIN ALL I LOST!
YOU TOLD ME OF A GOD THAT WILL SOON BRING ORDER
BUT WHO CREATES DISORDER TO BRING THAT ORDER
I HAVE A GOD I SHOULD NOW TELL YOU
A GOD I KNEW FOR CENTURIES BEFORE YOUR GOD
A GOD I HAVE A NAME FOR BECAUSE I KNEW HIM THEN AND STILL
KNOW HIM !!
A GOD I CALL CREATOR!

WHEN I ASKED YOU TO TELL ME YOUR GOD’S NAME
FIRST YOU SAID ALMIGHTY
THEN YOU SAID
KING OF KINGS
THE DAY AFTER YOU SAID
MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE;JEHOVAH ADONI
AND NOW;NOW
YOU CALL HIM
SEVERAL NAMES!
AN HOUR AGO HE WAS SCIENCE
THIRTY MINUTES LATER HE WAS TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION
NOW HE HAS TWO NAMES POLITICS AND ECONOMICS!!

WHEN YOUR GOD WAS SCIENCE YOU CASME TO ME TO TEACH YOU
WHAT I KNOW
I NEVER LOOKED AT YOU AS A NOTHING BUT RECEIVED YOU WITH
AN OPEN HEART
THAT I DID WILLINGLY AND YOU LEFT IN PEACE TO USE WHAT YOU
HAVE LAERNT!!

WHEN YOUR GOD WAS TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION YOU WANTED MY
HELP
YOU DID NOT ASK ME GO AND HELP YOU; CAME TO MY ROOM AND
FORCEFULLY TOOK ME TO YOURS TREATING ME LIKE A
NOTHING;YET I ENDURED AND HELPED YOU!!

NOW THAT YOUR GOD IS POLITICS AND ECONOMICS,I AM NOW A
BURDEN FOR YOU BEFORE NOW I WAS YOUR SLAVE, YOUR SUBJECT
AND LATER YOUR PARTNER
THEN WE LIVED TOGETHER ; THOUGH I WAS ALWAYS AT THE
LOOSING END OF THINGS
NOW YOU MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR US TO LIVE TOGETHER
BECAUSE NOW I AM POOR, WITH HIV AND CRIME
YOU NO LONGER WANT ME IN THE HOUSE;BUT IF I SHOULD BE I <>MUST BE IN MY ROOM
TO BE FED , AND CARED FOR FROM THE CRUMBS OF YOUR FAT
TABLES
BECAUSE I AM NOW IGNORANCE, DISEASE,HUNGER
I AM NOW THE BABOON LIVING IN THE DARKEST PARTS OF OUR
HOUSE
I AM NOW A THING TO LAUGH WHEN MY NAME IS MENTIONED AND
YOU
DISMISS ANYTHING I SAY OR DO AS UNPROGRESSIVE
GEEEDILY AND WASTEFULLY FEEDING FROM MY BLOOD ,SEAT AND
TEARS
WHILST I,I LIVE IN WANT ;WANT OF EVERYTHING BECAUSE YOU
HAVE
YOU HAVE TAKEN IT ALL ;TELLING ME THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL

YOU MAY HAVE WHAT YOU THINK IS PROGRESS ; I HAVE HUMANITY
AND DONT
USE MY GOD TO DISORDER THE HOUSE WE LIVE IN BECAUSE I <>BELIEVE IN US;
YOU BELIEVE IN YOURSELF AND ONLY YOURSELF!!
NOW YOU ARE THE HOLY TRINITY: FATHER ,SON AND SPIRIT OF
PROGRESS
AND I, I AM THE UNHOLY ALLIANCE THAT IS TO BE SEEN NOT
HEARD!!

(EPILOUGE),

SO YOU SEE , BECAUSE OF YOUR GOD’S SEVERAL NAMES
YOU AND ME ARE NOW SO CONFUSED
WE LIVE IN FEAR!
FEAR THAT I WILL COME IN CLOAKS TO GET YOU WITH MY
POVERTY ,HIV AND CRIME
AND ME AFRAID THAT YOU WILL COME IN WITH SWEET DREAMY
TALKS TO GET ME!
YOU TALK AND TALK AND TALK ALL THE TIME
TALKING TO KEEP ME DRUGGED AND HYPNOTISED!
BUT WHILE YOU TALK YOU COME SECRETLY INTO MY BACKWARD!
TO LIGHT UP FLAMES AND DISCORD WITH YOUR GOD OF TECHNOLOGY
THAT GOD OF TECHNOLOGY THAT KILLS!!
THAT GOD OF TECHNOLOGY OF GUNS AND ROSES!
THAT GOD THAT CARES ONLY FOR NOW!
A GOD YOUR PLAYFULLY CALLTHE GOGETTER DREAM
THE BIG DREAM!!
THAT GOD YOU SHOW EVERYDAY CALLING HIM DIFFERENT NAMES
TO GET MY RESOURCES NEXT TO FREE
WHEN YOU DONT USE HIS SURNAME GUNS YOU USE THAT WHICH IS
POLITICS THAT CALLED DEMOCRACY AND LIBRALISATION

YOU HAVE A GOD WITH DIFFERENT NAMES
FOR YOU TO BE WHAT YOU ARE
I ;I USE ONLY ONE GOD WITH ONE NAME; THE GOD THAT CARES,
LOVE AND PROVIDES FOR HIS CREATION!!
THE GOD YOU TOLD ME WAS DEAD
DEAD BECAUSE HE WAS STONES, WOODS AND TREES
SYMBOLS OF HIS NATURALITY I USED AND WHICH YOU
MISUNDERSTOOD
SYMBOLS YOU COERSED ME INTO BELIEVING WERE WRONG
YET YOU HAVE YOUR IN ROOM IN ABUNDANCE !!

TELL ME BETWEEN YOU AND ME WHO IS RIGHT?
I BELIEVE IN A CREATOR WITH ONE NAME : JEHOVAH ADONI !
A CREATOR THAT HAS NEVER ONCE COME TO HURT YOU AND ME
YOUHAVE A GOD THAT TELLS YOU TO BELIEVE YOU CAN CREATE
AND SEE WHAT YOUR CREATOINS ARE DOING TO OUR HOUSE!!
ALL OVER THIS HOUSE WE NOW HAVE DISORDER ,FIRE AND PAIN!!

YOU TOLD ME YOUR GOD WITH MANY NAMES AND FACES IS
CIVILISED
AND MINE IS UNCIVILISED
YET I HAVE NEVER USED MY GOD TO CAUSE TROUBLE!

ALAS!! YOUR GOD CAUSES TROUBLE USING DIFFERENT NAMES FOR
DIFFERENT TIMES AND PLACES!
IN OUR SOUTHERN ROOMS , HE IS GOD OFDEMOCRACY AND
DEVELOPMENT
IN OUR MIDDLE ROOMS ,HE IS GOD OF CRUSADES AGAINST TERROR
IN OUR EASTERN ROOMS ;HE IS GOD OF MARKETS AND GROWTH
AND IN OUR NORTHERN ROOMS; HE IS GOD OF MATERIALISM

YOU HAVE SO CONFUSED OUR CHILDREN
THEY NO LONGER THINK OR FEEL
THEY ARE NOW ROBOTS AND ZOMBIES
AWAITING THE BECK AND CALL OF YOUR GOD!
AND YOU ARE NOT HUMAN ENOUGH TO TELL THEM THE TRUTH!!
INSTEAD YOU GIVE THEM DRUGS AND FOOD FOR THEM TO BE IN
ECTASCY ALWAYS

YOU ARE SO CONFUSED YOURSELF
YOU NO LONGER KNOW THE MEANING OF LIFE
YOU TRY TO !BUT YOU END UP MAKING MORE TROUBLE FOR OUR
HOUSE!!
TROUBLES THAT SOONER OR LATER LEAD US ALL TO OUR END!!!

Mohamed Boye Jalloh-Jamboriah (photo) is a Sierra Leonean geographer, writer, trade unionist and political activist. He lives in Norway.

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