The Sunday Poem: Kenneth P. Gurney... On the Seventh Day

How could God, with His busy schedule, find time to rest on the seventh day?  Maybe in a less populated world He didn't have as much to think about.


Kenneth P. Gurney lives in Albuquerque with his beloved Dianne.  For Kenneth's full bio, publication notes and available books please visit


On the Seventh Day

But God did not have
a second mortgage,
five children who outgrew their clothes every other month
a pink slip spouse
the rising cost of groceries
the electric company threatening to cut him off—
the gas company waiting until Spring—
an orange level terrorist alert
the third highest murder rate in the country
a new neighbor who introduced himself as a child molester
the pot-heads living on the second floor
the meth lab down the block
the boss hinting for blow jobs to maintain employment
the food stamps cut back of a state in debt
the low nutrition value of a high carb diet
an addiction to Colbert’s eleven p.m. showing
an addiction to dark chocolate
stress amped hormones screaming to get laid
lost library books
the sleep lost to children’s hungry nightmare screams
the suicide of a friend in similar circumstances




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Comment by Margaret Randall on August 14, 2011 at 8:08am
This poem reflects the desperation of these times but, rather than leave its readers more isolated and depressed, even its jolting last line seems to signal hope. Perhaps it is the poem's wonderful use of color and texture. Thank you!
Comment by Dee Cohen on August 14, 2011 at 5:35pm
And I guess God wasn't homeless, either. This poem puts all our modern anxieties on the table. It's not easy making it through. God knows, it's not easy. Thanks for sharing this clever poem. Dee
Comment by BARBARA BYERS on August 18, 2011 at 6:59pm
Good one, Ken. Thanks
Comment by Merimee Moffitt on August 29, 2011 at 12:05pm
Wowie zowie Kenneth--love it--I want to have written it I love it so much.  Thanks for everything and the tons you do to keep us on-ward writing


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