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Evil Paternity Suit
by Leland Waldrip
Wednesday, November 19, 2003

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Evil Paternity Suit


We love lifeís joys, its beauties,

Its warmth and love, when healthy,

We revel in the freedom to do,

Spirituality makes us wealthy.


We love all these fine things, my friend,

But when we look at lifeís existence,

We must acknowledge the other side,

That bedevils us with persistence.


There are dangers, hazards, nuisances,

Waiting without warning to pounce,

Wrest tons of happiness away,

Residue measures the ounce.


But here I speak of another evil,

That of infirmity not of our deeds,

Of genetic weaknesses inherited,

And maladies born from this seed.


There is sadness, disease, and death,

If not now, then matter of time,

Until these pestilences visit us,

Often no reason or rhyme.


Evolution said to offer itself

As incremental creation mother,

That over eons of time gone by,

Morphed one species to another,


And in so doing, has left loose ends,

Extra parts, genetic spaghetti,

Favors most life in fertility years,

But chops older folk to confetti.     


God is an alternative suspect,

Who is said to have in 24/6,

Built species directly from scratch,

Only does good ó evil is tricks


By a fallen angel named Lucifer,

Whose aim is to stir up trouble,

That man buys Satanic temptings,

And his life is turned to rubble.


But with no limit to Godís power,

And none to what He can know,

Folks canít claim creation is Godís,

Unless evil He created also.    


 For whatever has created life,

Is responsible for every whit.

They canít cherry-pick the good,

And credit a devil with sh*t!


Either God or evolution authors evil

By making bodies weak and ill,

We can best know which one it is 

By examining the crimes bill.


So, in judgment we will sit today,

With charge of evil-doing leveled

At Godís hand or evolutionís ages

That cripple, leave lives disheveled.


If faith allows God no malevolence,

Then the blame must be on evolution ó

Claims indifference to good and evil,

Does therein lie perfect solution?


Do we blame evolutionís selections,

Those tiny variances from norm,

That accumulate into major change,

For happy fit, or disastrous form?


Or something in between, perhaps

A dead end path to no real gain,

Or merely a tortuous route

To death, disease and pain?


Ninety-nine plus percent of species

That ever lived on this blue earth,

Are now extinct, a few fossils trace

To determine their intrinsic worth.


Evolution wraps itself in pass/fail,

Incompetence or a successful chain,  

Cuts no slack for any one or thing

That canít survive again and again.


But cut of its jib, its harsh demeanor,

Puts some folks off, if love they demand,

Of woven fabric of natural law,

Or how physics affects chance hand.


Humanism is nobility, ethics,

Standards of conduct and morality goal,

But this in spite of evolutionís work

On the body, not the soul.


So we have two suspects for evil:

Godís advocates blame the devil.

Evolution freely admits its fault,

Doesnít blame others or revel.   


Evolution has taken oath,

At the bottom, has signed its name,

So with its true confession given,

To evolution assign the blame!













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Reviewed by Susan Sparks (Reader) 12/3/2003
Leland: How on Earth did I miss this beauty of a poem? Excellent and thought-provoking.
Susan Sparks
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 11/28/2003
Damn. I wish I could, "cherry-pick the good, ..." But then, I'd be god.
Reviewed by Simon Thurlow (Reader) 11/21/2003
Deep and searching poem. Very well done Leland
Reviewed by M.Bennett Hooper (Mikii) 11/21/2003
Evolution indeed and why not Leland.. Yes I agree and like this piece, had trouble with the rhythm but the message is the prize.
Reviewed by jude forese 11/21/2003
i have given up on blame, or look for fault in the creative universe... i just keep moving on...

superbly crafted and knowledgeably rendered...
Reviewed by Alexandra* OneLight*ģ Authors & Creations 11/20/2003
The Absolute is the What... When... Where all things meet their opposites; Darkness and Light, Good and Evil, Beginning and End, Life and Death. In between, disease and health, mistakes and corrections, thought and oblivion, hope and despair. What if... God and Evolution are one and the same... ever expanding Energy which, as Chaos meets Genesis, is, with all the "in betweens", taking us... to the Absolute?
Absolutely extraordinary poem, Leland. I'm saving it to my library... and will be re-reading it over and over again. I'm awestruck...
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 11/20/2003
Wow..I loved this, beautifully expressed, powerful and so wise,

Reviewed by Rebekah Rosie Lang 11/20/2003
You really got my mind a thinking
with this poem! Superb write!
Just riveting and suspenseful!
Catches the readers eye! Very descriptive!
Thanks for reviews!
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 11/19/2003
dayum....sounds like a few gene pools awry. This wisdom and rhyme is ripe with reason.

Reviewed by Floria Kelderhouse (Reader) 11/19/2003
Eileen said everything that I would want to say...this is spectacular writing Leland...and yes God is responsible for all..and as His servant here on earth I accept everything He gives me...I may not like it...I may even get angry at Him for awhile and I have been known to do so...but still I love Him...He is my God....great profound writing...floria
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 11/19/2003
Very thought provoking write!
Reviewed by E T Waldron 11/19/2003
You have a great mind Leland! I respect your knowledge, even when I don't agree;-)this is a stellar write! there is much I do agree with.God is responsible for everything including evil. His plan had to include evil lest how would good be known.The fall of Lucifer was a natural occurence, which God allowed, He didn't cause it.He does not cause evil He allows it. So that through His mercy and grace we can overcome it.His plan is not easy to understand, and most who doubt it do not wish to leave anything to faith, yet will have faith in many other things in life with no qualms.Almost every move we make in life requires faith. When we step into a car, when we trust doctor or pharmacy for the medicine we take.We place faith and honor in those we read Plato, Einstein. Not enough time or space to make my case here Leland;-) suffice it to say, learning the things of God is time consuming and many will not take that time.I still love your work!...
Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader) 11/19/2003

A wonderful poem I enjoyed. Thank You!
Evolution has taken oath,

At the bottom, has signed its name,

So with its true confession given,

To evolution we assign the blame!"


Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 11/19/2003
A deeply thought provoking write Leland!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 11/19/2003
Very well penned, Leland and deeply thought provoking.
Reviewed by Christine Morell 11/19/2003
As always, you got me thinking. Excellent indeed, Leland.
Reviewed by Pamela Kimmell 11/19/2003
Indeed....the title is apt here Leland. Well written.
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 11/19/2003 have much knowledge my friend...after reading your work I always feel that i have learned sth more...profound and deep write yet again from you....BHUWAN
Reviewed by *********** ********** (Reader) 11/19/2003
Your writing always gets my attention.....makes me think and is most impressive......ty, Dani
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 11/19/2003
Very interesting take on the subject Leland. Very well done. Lisa
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 11/19/2003
Enjoyed your perspective very much, Leland. But I would suspect that mankind has aided evolution a tad in extinguishing some of earth's species.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 11/19/2003
You boggled the mind with this one, Leland. Why you wanna go and DO that when everything was running along so smoothly? Jeez!
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