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Jim Hayes 07-12-2019 05:59 AM

Gods Factotum
God’s Factotum

She buries in a file tagged Holy Shite
the sins she knows of bishops, priests and prelates,
she calms the Jews who, quoting prior right,
would bar RCs, the Prods, all sects and zealots.
There are no visions wherein He appears
she delegating all those gigs to Mary
He’s not performed a miracle in years,
she queries new saints proof to the contrary.

Her duties are to also balance out
His acts of wrath from His benevolences,
she sometimes sends the Pope a twinge of doubt.
A perk accorded bored amanuenses.
Her satisfaction is a job well done
and letting Him think He’s the Only One.

John Isbell 07-12-2019 06:28 AM

Hi Jim,

I like this quite a bit. Iíd put an initial cap on He In he appears.


Jim Hayes 07-12-2019 06:48 AM

Thanks reading and commenting John. Fixed.

Matt Q 07-12-2019 08:13 AM

Sorry, Jim. Had two windows open and accidentally replied to wrong poem. Incidentally, this is my favourite of those you've posted since your (ahem) resurrection. I'll try to get back.

John Isbell 07-12-2019 08:44 AM

Hi Jim,

Back mostly to admire your rhymes here. They are a pleasure.
Not sure, but you might want saints' instead of saints. And what would you think of ending with "He's the Holy One"? "The Only One" is nice in its implications, but lies a bit flat on the page, for me, after all that's come before - Holy Shite etc. The change would also give you assonance on h, and "the Holy One" seems, nicely, a pretty standard way to address the Lord.


Jim Hayes 07-12-2019 09:03 AM

Thanks John for your thoughts, the thing is that thinking heís the Only One introduces an element of doubt which could make room for the gods of the non Judeo/Christian pantheism.
Anyway it is something to think about and thanks for that.

John Isbell 07-12-2019 09:16 AM

Yes, and thatís a big deal to JHVH. Maybe itís better. Nice to have options, though!


Matt Q 07-12-2019 11:13 AM

Hi Jim,

As I said, I like this a fair bit. A couple of quick points.

Amongst all the perfect rhymes there a two sets that aren't (to me anyway), and I think it'd be ideal to have all the rhymes perfect. 'prelate' and 'zealot' have different vowels sounds on first syllable (and the second too). Also, S2L8, I hear as

she QUERies NEW saints PROOF to the CONtrary.

which is four stresses, and loses the rhyme with Mary given the different vowel sound on the rhyme syllable and the low-stressed syllable versus full-stressed syllable. Were it 'contrary' in the sense of 'Mary, Mary, quite ..." (i.e. an adjective rather than noun), it'd work I think, but that's a different pronunciation (for me, anyway).

Plus, I'd say you need a comma at the end of L1



Jim Hayes 07-12-2019 11:39 AM

Thanks Matt, I realize your concerns with these rhymes but the rhyme prelate/ zealot was good enough for Robert Burns and itís near enough for
But still the proud Prelate
And Presbyter zealot
Agree in an orthodox mow.

ConTRARy as in Mary , Mary.. is indeed my intention, and I consider it a legitimate rhyme especially as I established the expectation by positioning Mary first.
I am not caviling with with your comment, which I appreciate, but my usage is not an uncommon poetic device.

Thanks again Iím glad you liked


John Isbell 07-12-2019 12:54 PM

Prelate and zealot are a perfect rhyme in my RP. Contrary raises interesting questions IMO.


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