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God is? Father mother teacher
punisher big brother preacher?
I will? Love serve worship adore revere
Respect exalt attend obey learn fear

We say God gives cause for everything
We think God has purpose for the crying
Kids die because God wants them in the sky?
With God there is always a reason why.

And even if I drift (to the devil?)
If I wandered down to lower levels
God would boost me back where I’m supposed to be?
The one who’d stay up through the night for me?

Or is it me, even in the dark, all along?
Or is it me, even when in light, all along?
My ups and downs, my joy and pain, my being
Is made by me. Frightening, might be freeing –

That I am my own shoulder to cry on
I am my own dusk and my own new dawn.
I am Father mother teacher
punisher big brother preacher.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.





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AlmostPublished said...
Aug. 23, 2013 at 2:57 pm:
I really enjoy this poem and its reflective critical thinking, it's a shame that some people lack to see it's true meaning and they think that you should "let jesus into your heart". Great poem with independence and logic.
 
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Swann K. said...
May 19, 2013 at 11:13 pm:
I like this poem, and I have to disagree with some of the comments. I think everyone can be their own God; isn't that the meaning of "follow your heart, do what your brain thinks is best"?
 
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prolifepacifist This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 26, 2013 at 9:22 am:
Are you saying that you are God?  Or that we each are our own Gods?   'cause that's dangerous thinking... when we decide what's right and wrong and make up our own moral law to follow, we can just as easily break that law... with no higher judge we become our own authority... and surely you know the chaos that comes from being left to our own devices... look around you at the beauty of the sky and blades of grass; you didn't create the world and neither did a rando... (more »)
 
AlmostPublished replied...
Aug. 23, 2013 at 2:52 pm :
"Dangerous thinking" It's dangerous to think for yourself? Those who break their own law lack humanity and need a god to tell them what to do. That is why there is religion, not to explain why a blade of grass or why the sky came to be.
 
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KnitsandPurls said...
Sept. 2, 2012 at 4:47 pm:
This is a beautiful poem. You do know, however, that it is not a limerick?
 
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rockhead said...
Feb. 17, 2012 at 5:50 pm:
I don't understand the last 5 lines. I am Father, etc?? Please explain
 
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73582flightlessbird This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 26, 2012 at 11:14 pm:
really good poem "D
 
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Alina R. said...
Apr. 15, 2011 at 1:29 pm:

this is nice it has alot of meaning god is everything that you can think of and if you let him into your life he will make alot of great things come 

hope you make more!!!!!

 
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singergurl12 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 15, 2011 at 11:49 am:
this is excellent, i hope you keep writing! great work!
 
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youknowwho AQ said...
Apr. 6, 2011 at 12:27 pm:
great poem, good flow ,nice ryhme scheme.
 
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LoverOfKnowledge said...
Apr. 2, 2011 at 2:01 pm:
This poem is amazing! This poem really connects me, sometimes i feel the same way.
 
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MakeItShine said...
Dec. 23, 2010 at 10:37 am:
This was a wonderfully written poem, but the last lines really saddened me. God is knocking on your door but you've slammed it in His face. It grieves my heart.
 
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shinegirl24 said...
Dec. 4, 2010 at 8:29 pm:
It is a really good poem, but I don't agree with your last few lines. God really is there to comfort you. You need to be open to it.
 
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sabrinaZ said...
Nov. 22, 2010 at 4:34 pm:
i love this poem and i dont think god is listening but guiding us we might be free but he wants us to make the right decision we technicaly we are on our own but he has let it be this way and i love god and i love your poem its deep and in some ways very very true i also was wondering if you believe in god? are you religious?
 
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Duckie430This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 22, 2010 at 9:10 am:
i like this poem alot, even though i don't agree with the last lines, you wrote this beautifully
 
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Twilight_chic said...
May 14, 2010 at 10:40 pm:
I luved this poem up until the last set of lines...God is there you just have to listen!
 
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nickp2115 said...
Apr. 28, 2010 at 12:47 pm:
flowing and song-like in structure, i adore it!
 
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The_Number_Five said...
Jan. 4, 2010 at 5:41 pm:
This is a GREAT poem that runs very smoothly and sounds like music! I love it! Do you think you could comment on some of my work? Thanks :)
 
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Ana B. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 19, 2009 at 2:45 pm:
Thanks everybody!!!
 
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ana743 said...
Aug. 19, 2009 at 2:44 pm:
Thanks everybody!
 
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