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Playing God

 

by

 

Sarah Ann Watts

 

 

 

Today the little one

 

came home from school

 

and said that he was playing God

 

in the school play.

 

I asked him was he sure

 

he’d got that right?

 

It seemed a very big role

 

for one so small to play.

 

He looked at me,

 

twin imps of mischief

 

kindling in his eyes

 

and smiled his enigmatic

 

cherub smile.

 

Later I thought

 

It wasn’t altogether strange.

 

It was a role that he was

 

born to play.

 

One he perfected

 

from the moment of his birth

when we drew near to worship

 

at his crib.

 

And I remembered

 

in the cheerful pagan days

 

the child Eros

 

loosing his barbed arrows

 

stealing hearts like ours

 

before the gods fell out among themselves

 

leaving this world, disgruntled

 

and the one who stayed

 

grew old and grey alone.

 

He said

 

There is no other god but me

 

And so it was

 

Forever.

 

Then I thought

 

Perhaps there was some truth

 

to his childish misconception after all.

 

Knowing that he held

 

our heaven and hell

 

between his hands.

SARAH ANN WATTS shares...

 
BIO:
 

SARAH ANN WATTS lives in Beverley, East Yorkshire. Her work has appeared in ‘Bewildering Stories,’ ’The Hiss Quarterly’, ’Apollo’s Lyre’, ‘Flashshot,’ ‘Mytholog,’ ‘The Future Fire,’ ‘Crimson Highway,’ ‘Whispers of Wickedness,’ ‘Neon’ and ‘Twisted Tongue.’

 
MOTIVATION:
 
"The poem was written for a Christmas challenge for my poetry group - Subtle Flame in Beverley."

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