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If you met God

If you met God today
What would you say?
What might he look like?
What might He say?

Would you tell him you’re sorry
For the things you’ve done?
For the people you’ve cheated?
For the lies you’ve spun?

Or would you just stare
And say nothing at all?
Scared that at last
The wicked would fall?

Or maybe you’d explain
The cause of your plan,
And fail to forget
The one who made man.


God is in the word, and the Devil is in the detail. It's a very interesting concept that I discovered while reading the works of the inimitable Paulo Coehlo - though this poem was written long before I picked up any of his books. This I wrote way back in 2004, when I was 18, but while reading this again, it made me think of The Alcehmist and Brida, and the nature of people who are good for you, and those who are just vile.

I'm sure back then I had a different reason for writing this, but now, all things considered, 18 year old me has nothing on 31 year old me. So much has changed. I've grown, physically and mentally. And every experience has thought me something. The most important thing that I have learned is that the Universe is greater than all of us - the creator of the universe is greater still. But yet, as insignificant as we are, God is in us all - and in the words we speak. For the words we use are the greatest weapon known to man. It has the power to create relationships, and break them. Every war that was ever fought, was fought after words, and ended because of them as well. How we use our words is so important, because God is in them. But interestingly, we all know it's possible to say one thing, and mean another - and that my friends, is where the Devil resides. In the details. Details like intent, sarcasm, deceit. We think we're being so smart, but the one who created us is the smartest of all. And if you were to meet him after all of this, do you really think you can pull the wool over his eyes as well? If God resides in all of us, then do you think you can truly deceive your partner, your co-worker, or your friend? You can try - make up a story, spin a tale that after enough repetition could possibly fool you as well - but remember, you can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time - but you can't fool all of the people all of the time. And that's my take away from this. If you don't have something good to say, don't say anything. Let your actions speak for you. But if you do have something to say, let it be something good. Something that will build bridges instead of a wall. Something that ties bonds, not breaks hearts. Your words should not be a weapon, it should be a tool. Tools build, weapons destroy. Use your words to build. 

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