Great enough to whisper in the ears of extremists? So great he told you to leave me? How great is the god who does not belong to me? All you whom this god belongs to, sing with the singer How great is this god?
How great is this god that he would lay silent While millions are disenfranchised? In whom is he whispering now? To the abolitionists or the traders? How great is this god?
When those who picket funerals picket weddings too Is this god ever so present with them? Is this god in you when you keep me up at night And tell me the last two years have been for nothing?
Name above all nomenclature Worthy of the praise of those whom this god belongs to Apparently, even I will sing how great Is this god
And how about that time when we were close to each other And we started talking about people of the same *** loving one another Did you notice the miles that immediately spawned between us As soon as you placed the dividing wall between us We shot away from each other like we had no other choice Like positive magnet to positive pole
And now, apparently, we are to listen to this voice Of a god who's apparently worthy of the praise of those Whom this god belongs to And apparently even I will sing how great Is this god
All you whom this god belongs to, sing with the singer About how great is this god And ask this rhetorical question Without ever actually having to do Any thinking
Name above all nomenclature Apparently is too great for words Obviously goes beyond cultural conceptions Intrinsically dies at the wrong hills Clearly lies through his teeth
And apparently I will even sing How great is this god When I am dead and in an afterlife I will notice how wrong I was In saying this god couldn't be
Apparently I will even sing With the singer And we will reminisce about How I was a fundamentalist When I got things "right"
There is power in finding worth By subtracting it from others And when my name is separate From the Divine, I Fail to be great
Anthony, so far from god's name, Nomenclature poised to be lesser Belongs to a being whose divinity is lesser And wholly separate From this god
Name above all nomenclature Worthy of the praise of those whom this god belongs to The singer's heart goes out to you, Grows a mouth and sings, "how great Is this god?"
I fear a better question would be where Is this god? And is this god loving? Can he and I be loving together Can I be loved?
What is arbitrary greatness but the same exclusive club You ascribe to when you posit that it is not my god Nor your god Not the god of every human being But the god of a tribe
this poem is a reflection on the last six months of my life through a subtle satire of the song "How Great Is Our God?"