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For The Critic (myself included)

by Chris Sorrenti

do you also question
the creator’s choice of pattern
on butterfly wing?
considering the repugnant larva
from which it transforms

or perhaps
the form and symmetry
of spider’s web?
factoring in what purpose
it was designed for

and what of the Blue Jay
feeding on both?
a most attractive bird
until its shrill cry
pierces your morning sleep

even the lowly earthworm
has its place
loosening the soil
for plants to flourish
that we humans admire
as flowers
grassy turf to walk upon
while others we will eat

and just as it’s incapable
of imagining
creatures such as us
above the dew line
neither have we the means
to visualize
the true face of God

and in this
carries a beauty all its own
if only in the promise
of greater things

© 2001

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Author's Note: Published in the Gee Cross Methodist Church Newsletter, Hyde, England, Issue 5, 29th July, 2001, with thanks to Paganini Jones (Pathetic.org), and in the broadsheet: Reflections In A Time Machine (May 2003), Chris Sorrenti (Ottawa, Canada). Produced by Heather Ferguson.

Posted on 07/04/2011
Copyright © 2020 Chris Sorrenti

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 07/04/11 at 09:10 PM

Beautifully stated, sir. That last stanza packs a wonderful punch.

Posted by Don Matley on 07/04/11 at 10:31 PM

I love the position taken in your poem. It is succinct and clever. I love "the above the dew line" bit. As Gabriel has already said "the last stanza "packs a punch" and a nice ironic twist of sweet and sour. Enjoyed the concision and clarity of imagery. thanks.

Posted by Linda Fuller on 07/08/11 at 09:02 PM

As does Don, I really like the "above the dew line" line. Although I'm not a proponent of God or Intelligent Design, your poem spoke to my spiritual side - thank you.

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 07/14/11 at 05:38 PM

A perfect write- loved your questions, and of couse, your choice of words .

Posted by Paul Lastovica on 07/15/11 at 02:21 PM

two sides to every coin, eh? :) It would do much good posted upon a fridge for daily viewing.

Posted by Charlie Morgan on 07/17/11 at 09:18 PM

...well poeted...[new word i invented].

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 09/07/11 at 07:29 PM

This philosophical poem does you proud. Of course, we do see God in Christ. But there is a mystery still which only Eternity reveals. Great write!

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