Why God Permits Bad Art
Richard TerrillYou're in a hotel lobby packed with balloons,
in your hobnail boots, hoping to check in
without stomping on some little kid's birthday.
You admit the inflated colors look pretty good arranged this way.
And you admit God hasn't goofed too often,
and if everybody leaned one way in the cosmos
like wet clothes on a line, the flop of shirt and sheet,
then you couldn't tell truth from style
This is the God who gave us love,
but who also brought us infatuation--
marking, perhaps, an off day for the Big Guy
with the drives arcing beyond the green on the cosmos' long par five.
A drummer I know says no independence
without coordination, no sizzle
without the sock--And there you has jazz.
So, say he's right. Still, please
don't work the sun to a standstill
selling something dark to night,
driving a hard bargain every month.
was no mulligan
Birthdays don't come every week.
Silence doesn't mean I approve
of anything you've made.