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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

INTERPRETING THE POEM "MIGHTY-GOD-MYTH" USING "HOW CAN I?" FOR ADEQUATE APPRAISAL by Ebi Robert







This interpretation of the poem “MIGHTY-GOD-MYTH” is hereby written in response to Prof Carter Kaplan’s request to state what was in my mind when writing this poem. This interpretative piece is void of any form of analysis as no talk of literary devices or figure of speech will be discussed. It is just going to be a task of line to line explanation. To explain fully the idea of the poem, a poem written by my very self with the name “How can I?” will be used to make an appraisal of “MIGHT-GOD-MYTH” in other to pass on the message better.
In our world where Atheism has gotten many fans than imagined, there is a dare need to ride on some points, and that, this poem has driven. The Atheist believes there is no God. He believes God’s existence is a MYTH. The Almighty God who is Mighty (for the poem’s sake) has been reduced to nothing but a farce occupied by mind’s thinking. While they cannot give account of the source of life, they have concluded that any question that has no answer in human terms is not worthy of existence. One of their arguments is, since God cannot give account of his beginning, he is not. They have questioned many actions of the So-called God who created the universe and concluded that those actions just do not make sense. While the concept of Free-Will is what many believers hold on to discard the questions of the Atheist, the atheists give a rejoinder that most acts of the Loving God cannot be justified as Love founded. Such as: “Why should God kill his only son whom he said he loved?”. Why was Gomorrah destroyed when contemporary world which is much more barbaric and sinful than Gomorrah remain? Why do the good men die helpless and the wicked live longer than expected? Simone de Beauvoir (1908 - 1986), French writer and feminist theorist, said and I quote: “I cannot be angry at God, in whom I do not believe.” So, why the anger over a God that does not exist?

Though many disagree with the creation story and spirit life, fact remains that even philosophers try to access the next reign using Meta-physics, which is beyond the physical. This poem argues the condition of these ones who have been made slaves of their own thoughts, and gives lines as to why they should believe in the ALMIGHY GOD.
DIGGING THE LINES
Before interpreting the poem, let us refresh our minds with the lines of the selfsame poem.

MIGHTY-GOD-MYTH

Aye! Six bags of metatarsus dwell amid these sands
The dusty powders that is earthly earthy-
Bad bruised beasts of banded beds
This is the best my tautology taught me

Those dusty powders are these boring bogs
The bags in my one dwelled on
Those dusty powders are these boring bogs
But the occupiers are not left to forlorn

Amid soil, full pairs of soil beneat,
Where they madly drunk of sleep and net
Where thy debate in thine wordy words
Govern a brazen in mine government of thoughts

If thou doubt thee, solve and serve this salvation
And if thou win, if they be free of dirt Bad heads and wigs
Dress I, with only fine fogs and figs
Then I be redeemed from my own redemption

Nay! Note, foolish men are only wise in their own minds
God has long being foolish in many minds
Only trusted knowledge can cure men’s minds
And save these bad long sunk in Sands

O’ Cure, cure this insane-wot-one disturbed
And these Lords traversing in turns
When their thoughts are summary robed
Sound insanity shall surely be cured

The first and second stanza speaks of the condition of the Atheist and the dirtiness of their thoughts; thoughts they believe to be wise. The poet uses SIX atheists for this experiment. “Aye! Six bags of metatarsus dwell amid these sands”, so says the poet. The metatarsus which is a kind of bone in the human is used in the poem as a symbolism. In line two (2), the poet emphasizes the fact that these atheists stand on a ground that is dirty packed and this dirt has so affected them that they, themselves, look dirty in look. The dirtiness has also affected their thoughts, thus their thoughts are dirty as well. They are so wounded in thoughts that they have become wounded as well. Thus the poet speaks: “Bad bruised beasts of banded beds”. The tautology “Dusty powers” was used to emphasize the extent of their dirty selves. This the poet explains in line 4 of stanza one (1), that this is the best way he can simply describe them. Thus he speaks: “This is the best my tautology taught me”.
Line one of stanza two speaks of the boring state of this dirtiness. The boring state that comes from the Six atheist (bags) mentioned in line one of stanza one (my one dwelled on). The line of the boring state was repeated in line three (3) of stanza two (2) whilst concluding in line four (4) of same stanza that they are not lonely in this journey of failure they have sojourned. Thus the poet speaks: “But the occupiers are not left to forlorn”. The poets described them as occupiers; remember they occupy a dusty earth.
Stanza three (3) then speaks of the extent of this falling thoughts. That beneath the soil, these thinkers who wish to exercise their free minds, who are simply unconscious of the truth of GOD because of their numerous debates begin to get me wonder in thoughts of the kind of humans they are. Note, a man who is sleeping in his net is not conscious of reality. So this was used to describe the state of the atheist towards the things of GOD. Note also, that the spelling of the word “Beneat” is a wrong spelling of beneath having omitted “H”.  The wrong spelling is deliberate to create the necessary rhyming scheme in the flow; a simple use of poetic license.
Amid soil, full pairs of soil beneat,
Where they madly drunk of sleep and net
Where thy debate in thine wordy words
Govern a brazen in mine government of thoughts
Stanza four appeals to an imaginary character created in the poem. The appeal to this character is that he or she should understand the plight of these atheists. That their condition is a condition of failure and that on their own, they cannot be saved from it. The argument is also that not even this character can solve their failures and this should not be doubted. If he doubts it, and wins in solving this problem of theirs, if these thinkers become free from this corruption by his own effort, it then means that the redemption I have through Christ is fake.
If thou doubt thee, solve and serve this salvation
And if thou win, if they be free of dirt Bad heads and wigs
Dress I, with only fine fogs and figs
Then I be redeemed from my own redemption
Stanza five (5) and six (6) speaks of their wisdom which is not wisdom indeed. And that since no one can save them, there is but, one knowledge that can cure them and that knowledge, is the WORD OF GOD (BIBLE).  The last stanza then talks of a situation where these folks are placed in roll for a cure, one by one. “O’ Cure, cure this insane-wot-one disturbed.” And these Lords traversing in turns” and if this is successfully done, that is, if they agree to be ruled by the word of God, sound insanity which is their weak sense shall be cured.
NB: To explain this further, the poem “How can I?” is used to buttress further.
HOW CAN I?
And time was seasoned with time
So men’s wisdom denied them sense
So their soul and spirit are mime
So tell me the very essence

Wise wisdom once boldly said:
“Be wise and make God like men
And clear all your doubts by then,
And wise on God’s own stead”

Rather be fool on men’s foot
And kiss God’s feet instead
Than challenge and remove my toot
And be victim of a dreaded dread

How can I
Who cannot give account of my blood?
How can I
Question God’s drop of the flood?
How can I
Who cannot tell how the moon hung?
How can I
Say: it is given by Sung?

How can I
Who know not how time does lie?
How can I
Say: Why does the good man die?

How can I ask: Who made the Almighty God?
Then I must ask: Who made our very first God?
If I must know who surely created God
I must seek to know his very creator

And if I know God’s own creator
I shall seek to know the very other
Thus, I shall seek on and on
Until I get so tired upon
But that, I cannot doubt our beings
So surely is the Alpha of things

So where my findings shall end
There does our God begin
And many I cannot explain
Hence is my knowledge detain

Two giant points are there to discuss. One, if I say God is not real because I cannot say or God cannot say who created God. I am saying if one knows who created God; one will also seek to know who created the other. If I know the other I will seek to know the other, if I know the other-other I will seek to know the other-other-other. So will I seek to know on and on until I get tired of seeking, and where I end, GOD begins. For no matter my thinking of life and absence of God in one’s mind, Life is a sure thing and cannot be discarded.
In all, there are many questions that have no answer. God had been from time immemorial, if you doubt it you can’t doubt your existence, and if one can’t doubt his existence then he should shut up.

                                              Atheism is about finding answers to statements that are no questions
     Ebi Robert


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