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God Was Here First, Mrs. Davenport
by Steven Cleaver

Tuesday, April 29, 2008
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Mrs. Davenport is reminded by the author about who "runs" the church
(from upcoming book, Dear God, or whatever your name is now: from one of your carbon units)


God was here first

Mrs. Davenport

Before your baby hands extended

From your mother’s womb

Snatching the silver spoon

They held to lure you out

Before you sniffed your first perfume

Settled into some debutante dress

Your girlish laughter a thin veneer

On top of cold steel hate

And long before you tracked your prey

And joined in some stylish ceremony

Where every touch maintained control

Beauty stifled in the throat hold of your choice

And love was shown the door when it stood to question

And now you turn in the church pew

Surveying all who would enter

Your fancy hat extending over your plastic brow

And what of the common people?

Do they fit your view?

Your eye catches mine

Cold laser digging for shame

But this is God’s house

Mrs. Davenport

And I have an invitation



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Reviewed by John Domino 10/28/2009
Yes, very well written! It remins me of these Psalms:

For you created my inmost being; you
knit me together in my mother's womb. I
praise you because I am fearfully and
wonderfully made your works are wonderful.
All the days ordained for me were written in
your book before one of them came to be.
( Psalms 139:13,14 & 16 )
Reviewed by Frances Seymour 10/12/2009
Interesting write Steven. Reminds me of Mark 10:42-44. Kings are tyrants and officials lord it over those beneath them. But in my kingdom, (Jesus) he who wants to be a leader must first understand the importance of being a servant. My paraphrase of these verses! Enjoyed the poem! Blessings...Frances
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 5/27/2009
You know in the town I was born in (Newfoundland) the front pew was actually reserved for the only wealthy family in the parish. Enjoyed your poem. Very nicely done.

Reviewed by 000 000 11/16/2008
I think you captured it! The plastic people at church!
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