Elena Plotkin

Please No More

And so he wrote it on the message board,
A simple message for the Almighty Lord,
'Please God, who I worship and adore,
Please all merciful God, please no more! '
I saw it there upon the message board,
A simple message for the Almighty Lord,
I ventured to ask the owner of the store,
'Who wrote this message of ‘No More? ''
'A man came by here, a drifter, a bum
down in his luck, desperate, and glum.'
'Why keep it there? ' I dare then to ask,
'I cannot bare to do this simple task,
By all means do it yourself if you wish,
Some motions of the hand swish, swish, swish,
And the words will at last all disappear,
But first this much I feel you must hear,
Before that desperate man left my store,
I asked him what he meant by ‘No more, '
His reply was neither fast nor too slow,
It was forthright, sincere, and full of woe,
‘Please God no more sickness; no more death,
I ask for others not just myself.
Please no more famine; please no more drought,
It's not just me I am thinking about.
Please no more tornadoes, quakes, and flood,
We are all just made of flesh and blood.
Please no more murder, rape, or abuse.
We all have some purpose and some use.
Please God, who I worship and adore,
Please all merciful God, please no more! ''
And after the owner said this to me,
the board's eraser he handed to me.
Some motions of the hand swish, swish, swish
But how can I erase that man's one wish?
So I handed the eraser back,
I thanked the owner for his great tact.
I said my goodbye and left that store,
I came home and looked at my front door,
Took a paper, a pen and wrote it down,
the very same words I read back in town,
‘Please God, who I worship and adore,
Please all merciful God, please no more! '
And as I took tape and stuck the paper on,
I knew that I wasn't the only one
who took a paper and wrote it down.
It couldn't just be me and this one town.

(C) 2013 Copyright Elena Plotkin

Submitted: Friday, July 12, 2013
Edited: Sunday, September 28, 2014

Topic of this poem: God

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,142 Points Tiku . (3/10/2015 9:07:00 AM)

    This is truly a very nice poem.Loved it.The way you tell a story is amazing. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,818 Points Darlene Walsh (3/3/2015 7:32:00 AM)

    After a prayer like that, there can be no swish, swish, swish. This is a very lovely poem and prayer. My prayer I add, Please No More!

    Darla :) (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 6,894 Points Bri Edwards (2/3/2015 11:24:00 PM)

    i guess, by this experience, you may have learned to 'read between the lines'. true story, or made up? ? or some of each? nice tumbling flow and nice rhyming. if there is a God, i hope she reads AND heeds the plea someday....... soon!

    to MyPoemList. and consider sending this to me to display in what i intend to be a monthly showcase of PH member poems on my site. thanks, Elena. bri :) (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 6,927 Points Khairul Ahsan (7/20/2013 12:46:00 PM)

    A very nice poem. Liked it. (Report) Reply

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