One Stanza Poem O050

If I were a Child of God –
I would not confide in the Father –
Instead – I would opt for angels –
Ever since modern research made us aware
That children tend to be more trustful
Of beings closer to them in age –
Or – at least – in status –
Faith in angels has been all the rage

06.29.95 – 07.01.95



Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion
and published in Perspectives, ISBN 0-9686250-0-2.



Notes to this poem…

Here, I am comparing all humans to children, as in God’s children, or the children of whichever religion’s deity you want to use. Human beings children to a deity is a reference common to most religions of the world.

If you look at children, though, a lot of times, it is their peers they prefer to listen to and trust. I’m not talking about toddlers and such who have not started to form their opinions, but rather adolescents who are, let us not forget, still children. Young children still listen a lot to their playmates, though, if you listen to them talk about their stories and imaginary friends and such. It is this trait of children preferring to trust their peers or those closer to them in age, like slightly older children who are often considered “cool” for their slight seniority, that I am making the observation of humans preferring to listen to angels rather than their ancient “gods”.

The observation on angels being the rage, though, is quite limited to Christianity, unlike the more universal observations of the rest of this poem. That is a shortcoming of my writing. However, I do think the Christians are becoming rather disenchanted with their religion world wide and that just believing you have a more personalized guardian angel is becoming more appealing. Even if people pray to God, Jesus or whatever, you often still hear of them in the more personalized events that it were as if a guardian angel was watching over them.

I guess only time will tell if I am right about the trend. Twelve years after penning the poem and penning these comments, which isn’t much time for big trends to happen in religion, I still feel I am right.

The O-series of poems are one stanza poems composed before I got onto writing haiku and tanka, and short poetry while in action or traveling by select means like plane or ferry. These poems are 3-9 lines long with at least one rhyming couplet, and not of the short forms just mentioned. For the sake of elegance, I just called the collection One.


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