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For God’s sake!

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A poem about a fictitious sect by Cecil Rajendra.

Wing-Chi Poon/Wikimedia
Photograph: Wing-Chi Poon/Wikimedia

For God’s sake

And so it came to pass . . . .
a certain Sumerian sect
decreed the word ‘God’
exclusive to followers
of their ancient creed.

All other supplicants were
strictly prohibited from using
the ‘G’ word to describe
supremos of their credos
as it might cause confusion
among true Sumerian believers.

They could use Our Father
The Almighty, The Eternal
Shiva, Saviour or Redeemer;
but not the ‘G’ word
without Sumerian permission.

Sumerians claim they were
the first to use the ‘G’ word
to describe their Creator;
but subsequent deviants
with no real concept of ‘G’
had abused this honorific
by accrediting it to a
lesser, sub-standard deity.

Along with prohibition
of the ‘G’ word
use of the word ‘Church’
was also forbidden . . . .

Members of other faiths
were welcome to use
terms like candi, chapel
stupa, temple, tabernacle . . . .
to describe their places
of worship, but the ‘C’
word was verboten!

And, in keeping with
the spirit & rationale
of the ‘G’ enactment
several bye-laws were passed:
Citizens could now be arrested
for using expressions
like “God be with you”,
“God-bless” & “For God’s sake!”

When questioned, Sumerian
Minister of Tourism denied
the decree would adversely
affect the industry . . . .
but admitted, signboards
at International Airports
would be updated to read;
“Welcome to Sunny Sumeria!”
“The penalty for possession
of dangerous drugs & books
with the word ‘God’ is

Cecil Rajendra
January 2014

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