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God, ” A nasty surprise in a sandwich ” – Poem by James Fenton

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God, A Poem –

Poem by James Fenton

A nasty surprise in a sandwich,
A drawing-pin caught in your sock,
The limpest of shakes from a hand which
You’d thought would be firm as a rock,

A serious mistake in a nightie,
A grave disappointment all round
Is all that you’ll get from th’Almighty,
Is all that you’ll get underground.

Oh he said: ‘If you lay off the crumpet
I’ll see you alright in the end.
Just hang on until the last trumpet.
Have faith in me, chum-I’m your friend.’

But if you remind him, he’ll tell you:
‘I’m sorry, I must have been pissed-
Though your name rings a sort of a bell. You
Should have guessed that I do not exist.

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‘I didn’t exist at Creation,
I didn’t exist at the Flood,
And I won’t be around for Salvation
To sort out the sheep from the cud-

‘Or whatever the phrase is. The fact is
In soteriological terms
I’m a crude existential malpractice
And you are a diet of worms.

‘You’re a nasty surprise in a sandwich.
You’re a drawing-pin caught in my sock.
You’re the limpest of shakes from a hand which
I’d have thought would be firm as a rock,

‘You’re a serious mistake in a nightie,
You’re a grave disappointment all round-
That’s all you are, ‘ says th’Almighty,
‘And that’s all that you’ll be underground.’

1983

6 responses

  1. Reblogged this on My Choice and commented:
    Great Poem by James Fenton and beautiful photography by Nigel!

    May 19, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    • Hello Herman πŸ™‚

      Thank you πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      May 19, 2015 at 3:35 pm

  2. Laughing all the way through this poem!

    May 19, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    • Hello Alli πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Great isn’t it πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      May 19, 2015 at 7:31 pm

  3. Loved this poem! πŸ˜€

    May 19, 2015 at 9:10 pm

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