Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Poem: What If

WHAT IF

By Marvin X



What if there was no God but God

No Allah Jesus Jehovah Buddha Marx Lenin Jah Damballah

What if there was no God but God

No religion but God

No Muslim, Christian, Jew, Buddhist, Hindu

No God but God

No Baptist Sunni Shiite Zionist Hebrew Communist Sikh Catholic God in Christ

Methodist Sufi

Atheist

No God but God

No woman man child grandmother grandfather uncle aunt

No God but God

No holiday except everyday was holy day

No Sabbath but everyday no Juma’a but everyday

No prayin but all day

All day we say nothing but No God but God

No more Bible Qur’an Torah

No God but God

No talk conversation no sermon no speech no words but silence and

NO God but God

No moaning no laughing

No God but God

No talk no tears no wars

No God but God

No killing no lying

No God but God

No Al Humdulilah

No Hallelujah

No Hail Krishna

No Jah Rastafari

No God but God

The One

The Unity

Eternal

Everlasting

Loving

Peaceful

Maker

Owner

No God but God

What if what if what if

Maybe maybe maybe

Believe it believe it

Because it is

One God One Truth One Reality One Unity

No sects schisms divisions religions boxes tribes nations

One humanity One God

What if there is no God but God

What if what if what if

No temple no church no masjed

No God but God

No preacher no imam no rabbi no priest no minister no shaman no poet

No God but God

No prophet no messenger no messiah

No God but God

What if gay marry gay

Lesbian marry lesbian

Man marry woman

Man marry women

Woman marry men

Ho’s be with tricks

Tricks be with ho’s

What if what if what if

There is No God but God

No one beats woman

No one beats man

No one beats child

No one kills no one

No God but God

What if there is no war

What if there is peace on the planet

No God but God

What if guns are no more

No God but God

All is God

God is All

God is the people

God is the cow

God is the horse

God is the tree

God is the river

God is the fish

God is the child

God is the youth

God is the old people

God is the poor

God is the rich

God is the hungry

God is the sick

God is the dope fiend

God is the alcoholic

God is the sinner

No God but God

What if what if what if

There is no God but God

What if God is the captive you won’t liberate

The child you won’t love

The mama you hate

The daddy you hate

What if there is No God but God

What if God is the fear

You won’t release

God is the pain you won’t release

God is the love you won’t release

God is the tears you won’t cry

God is the lies you tell

God is the mountain you won’t climb

God is the success you won’t try

God is the beauty you don’t see

God is time

Running out the hourglass

God is the body you refuse to heal

God is the mind you refuse to feed

What if what if what if

What if God is ready when you ain’t ready

What if God is ready when you get ready

What if what if what if

What if there is no God but God

What if God is the forgiveness you won’t give

What if God is the denial you drown in like a hog in slop

What if what if what if

What if God is the peace in your house

The love in your life

The joy on your face

The happiness in your heart

The thankfulness of your smile

What if there is NO God but God

What if my life and my death are all for God

Not for woman, not for man

Not over a woman, not over a man

Life and death are all for God

What if what if what if

What if I grieve for nothing

Because God is everything

Whatever God wants I want

Whatever God don’t want I don’t want

Whatever God has I have

Whatever God don’t have I don’t want

What if what if what if

There is No God but God.

3/15/05 mrvnx@yahoo.com

4 comments:

Marvin X said...

Marvin X Rocks Crowd At Oakland's Malcolm X Jazz Festival


Saturday was a hot day in the Bay, perfect for the annual Malcolm X Jazz Festival in the multicultural Fruitvale District, produced by the East Side Arts Alliance. When I arrived the Welfare Poets were on stage. They have developed and expanded over the years, adding vocals to their spoken word. I wasn't officially on the program, so I had to Bogart my way to the mike with the Barakas. I told Amiri, "I'm gong on with you." He said, "Do I have a choice?" I said, "No." Amina read and then Baraka introduced me as his grandfather. I read What if There Is No God But God. There was a deathly silence in the crowd, except for the lady dancing on the grass in front of the stage. I could see the holy ghost in her eyes and body movement. As I read and looked at her, I said to myself, "Oh, shit, I didn't plan for all this." Something told me what I was reading had nothing to do with me., the Higher Power was speaking, I was just a vehicle. When I came off stage, one of the organizers said, "You seemed a little angry." I said, why not be angry," but to myself, I knew it wasn't about my anger, it was all about the Ghost.
I white woman thanked me for saying the poem. When I asked her if she wanted me to send her a copy, she said, "No, I don't need a copy, the poem is in my heart."

The sun and the great jazz had the crowd in a mellow mood. The music seemed to have a very calming effect on the people. There were no incidents. It was a great day to be alive in the Bay. It was especially great to meet Mabel Williams, widow of my revolutionary hero, Robert F. Williams. Brother Robert had inspired the Black revolution with his little book Negroes With Guns and his propaganda track The Crusader.

On the hip hop stage, Marcel Diallo of Black Dot reminded the crowd about the bounty on Asata Shakur's head. We wonder if the Post-Fidel government of Cuba will give her up to gain concessions with the US gringos. It won't happen if a million Africans march in her defense.

Black Panther Minister of Culture, Emory Douglas informed me he had just come from a Black Panther reunion in Seattle, Bobby Seale was there also. He said Geronimo is between here and Africa where he lives and works with Panther Pete O'Neil and his wife who have been in exile since the 60s in Tanzania.

Some hip hop poets asked me to assist them in getting a group of Bay Area poets to New York. I told I them I would, although I don't see any need to impress New York. When the Panthers revolted here in Oakland, the East Coast heard about it soon enough and picked up the banner.

The festival ended about 6PM with a closing act by Tracie Bartlow and her African dancers.
Yes, we needed to be reminded we are Africans. A friend whispered to me that African culture in the only culture in America. I remember James Baldwin telling me in a 1968 interview, "We're the only thing that happened here, nothing else happened here except us!"

Dana Rondel and Gerald said...

Gerald Ali's thoughts are very interesting. They leave room for
thought.The beauty of language, of poetic license, is that we have the power toutilize it in more than one way. If "What if there was no God but God" was translated into another language, perhaps it would make lots of sense to the observer of words. We must learn to move away from rigidity when it comes to the written word. After all, the language in which we have become familiar with was created by man.

Love and Blessings,
Dana Rondel, Author







GERALD ALI wrote:
''''What if there was no God but God'''

The term ''no god but god'' is gramatically a stupidity, there is no allah but allah would be the same, there is no marvin but marvin, also.

There is no creator other than allah would be correct.

The movement of allah is in the form of a spiral, so says the Koran.

God and Allah are two different things.

There have been and still are many gods, the theistic version of god, is but man raised to the position, deism covers any other form of life or inanimate matter, the Greeks invented and classified the terms of theism, -- the ism, -- de ism, E.

That everything will be of god and be god was the idiocy of Ghandi, the British trained Barrister and self advertiser.

Dana Rondel and Gerald Ali said...

Gerald Ali's thoughts are very interesting. They leave room for
thought.The beauty of language, of poetic license, is that we have the power toutilize it in more than one way. If "What if there was no God but God" wastranslated into another language, perhaps it would make lots of sense to the observer of words. We must learn to move away from rigidity when it comes to the written word. After all, the language in which we have become familiar with was created by man.

Love and Blessings,
Dana Rondel, Author





GERALD ALI wrote:
''''What if there was no God but God'''

The term ''no god but god'' is gramatically a stupidity, there is no allah but allah would be the same, there is no marvin but marvin, also.

There is no creator other than allah would be correct.

The movement of allah is in the form of a spiral, so says the Koran.

God and Allah are two different things.

There have been and still are many gods, the theistic versdion of god, is but man raised to the position, deism covers any other form of life or inanimate matter, the Greeks invented and classified the terms of theism, -- the ism, -- de ism, E.

That everything will be of god and be god was the idiocy of Ghandi, the British trained Barrister and self advertiser.

Marvin X said...

Gerald Ali's thoughts are very interesting. They leave room for
thought.The beauty of language, of poetic license, is that we have the power toutilize it in more than one way. If "What if there was no God but God" wastranslated into another language, perhaps it would make lots of sense to the observer of words. We must learn to move away from rigidity when it comes to the written word. After all, the language in which we have become familiar with was created by man.

Love and Blessings,
Dana Rondel, Author







GERALD ALI wrote:
''''What if there was no God but God'''

The term ''no god but god'' is gramatically a stupidity, there is no allah but allah would be the same, there is no marvin but marvin, also.

There is no creator other than allah would be correct.

The movement of allah is in the form of a spiral, so says the Koran.

God and Allah are two different things.

There have been and still are many gods, the theistic versdion of god, is but man raised to the position, deism covers any other form of life or inanimate matter, the Greeks invented and classified the terms of theism, -- the ism, -- de ism, E.

That everything will be of god and be god was the idiocy of Ghandi, the British trained Barrister and self advertiser.