by Darryl Price
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"I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time."--Nietzsche
" Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle."--Philo of Alexandria
.."THE SOUND OF WATER ON ITS GUSHING,GURGLING JOURNEY TO THE DRAINS IS BEAUTIFUL"--Rohinton Mistry
"If you don't know, it's all right. But if you know the truth and you don't say, it's bad karma."--Maharaj-ji
Love never ends.--1 Corinthians 13:8 (NRSV)
You notice I say the Cake FOR God not the Cake AGAINST God. Lest you misunderstand me, I'm saying it's easy to see where we go wrong in our thinking about the big questions.I have the same thoughts running through my own silly head. Obviously God is not some old magical man running around letting bad stuff like the Holocaust happen just because he's inept at following his own ten commandments,or he's too selfish to get involved directly with his own creation. Whatever.Maybe God is just our collective good intentions, our own good will, all of our love just waiting in some balled-up form to be manifested into actions rather than some pretty cool and compassionate thought balloons. I mean it's got to start somewhere, or everywhere, or nowhere. You choose. Point is the old belief systems don't seem up to the challenge anymore. If by their fruits you shall know them then we've seen some pretty rotten results so far from the source, and to be fair, we've seen miracles performed with little more than hopes or dreams in order to get the whole thing started.You can't deny either or both.But I'm pretty sure the love thing works, always seems to work, to some degree. That's something to believe in no matter how dark the circumstances of living.
I believe this to be one of the most important pieces of my career so far. It's something I've been meaning to say for a while. I'm happy it has made its way into the world.It has been rejected for publication both far and wide and is now up at Kaffe in Katmandu due to the generosity of Marcus Speh. It's actually quite a jolly little poem if you read it the way it was intended.
Thank you Istanbul Literary Review for publishing the original version of "The Cake for God" in your May Issue #20. It's very much appreciated.