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Does God Cry When We Die?

I have been writing poetry, fiction and short stories for many years and have completed a book of poems. I also enjoy comedy writing.

God Cries?

God Cries?

Does God shed a tear for his lifeless creation?

A Corpse returning to the dust

Does he look down and his heart aches

Or only for the death of his son?

Father, I have no nails in my hand.

But I am still a dead man

Why doesn’t the Earth shake when I am gone?

No dark clouds, no mourning song

Are we important to him?

So Don’t I deserve an angel’s hymn?

Does God cry when we go?

Or he already knows

That after we are gone we will be within his glory

Magnifying the heavens sparkling in his blinding light.

© 2019 Clive Williams


BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on January 18, 2020:


I would like to think he sheds both tears of happiness and sadness.

One for us coming to join him...if we make it there. .and the other for the life we are leaving behind as well as the people who will miss us.

Great write.

ValKaras on December 22, 2019:

AB Williams -- Abortions are O.K., there should be less of unwanted children in this world, who later on in life crave for surrogate of parental warmth in sense of togetherness through politics and through religious stern fundamentalism. Besides, woman's body is her possession only, not a moralist's to decide.

Clive Williams (author) from Jamaica on December 20, 2019:

Thanks Flourish...maybe God does shed a tear for us when we pass. Who knows.

Clive Williams (author) from Jamaica on December 20, 2019:

Ruby, always nice to hear from you.

Clive Williams (author) from Jamaica on December 20, 2019:

MG Singh does made in the image of God means we garner all what God is capable of which includes various emotions?

Clive Williams (author) from Jamaica on December 20, 2019:

Thanks for your input AB Williams

Clive Williams (author) from Jamaica on December 20, 2019:

Jodah...he is eternal...so I guess he can cry everyday.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on December 20, 2019:

I don't think God cries when we die. He is welcoming us into heaven. Thought provoking piece...

A B Williams from Central Florida on December 20, 2019:

Abortion is the actual killing of children Val. But you are right, let's not discuss here. Another topic for another day.

FlourishAnyway from USA on December 20, 2019:

A good question and poem, Clive.

ValKaras on December 20, 2019:

A.B. Williams -- I was not mentioning "abortions" at all, but actual killing of children in wars, terrorism, including economic terrorism meaning sanctions. -- Not willing to discuss, just correcting a wrong impression.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on December 20, 2019:

I don't think God shows any emotion. That doesn't mean he has no emotion but I don't think he cries or laughs. He is the giver and taker.

ValKaras on December 20, 2019:

Clive -- In my limited, and probably incorrect image of the universal intelligence, I don't envision it as a "power" at all -- but only as a law by which everything is happening in the universe. Also call it "program", if you wish, with untold combinations of causalities, or "if this..then that".

Our brains evolved to be like a personalized extensions of that intelligence, limited by the imperfections of material world we are a part of -- like antennas converting intelligence into our own level of existence.

Emotions, including sadness, are human privilege, possible due to our neurotransmitters and endocrine glands, which are a part of our material design. What you call "god" does not have neurotransmitters, does not have energy to either cry or to laugh.

Our sense of love, beauty, and humor are human equivalents to the universal harmony.

In deep meditation, with a lost sense of being physical, we can experience that high universal order, that love, peace, and harmony.

Well, that's how I intuitively see it at least. I think you are quite deep in your heart and mind, and that's why I am telling you all this, not to show off with some crazy theorizing.

A B Williams from Central Florida on December 20, 2019:

I agree with John. He doesn't cry, because he will be welcoming us home. (hopefully we all fall into that category) To touch on Val's comments on abortion, I am sure that makes God weep and he has second-guessed himself a few times on that whole freewill thing.

Although your poem is short Clive, it is thought-provoking.

Merry Christmas all!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on December 20, 2019:

Nice poem Clive. I doubt that God cries when we die, after all he may be welcoming us into his Kingdom. If he did shed tears when people die he would be crying constantly.

Clive Williams (author) from Jamaica on December 20, 2019:

Thank you Rosina

Clive Williams (author) from Jamaica on December 20, 2019:

Vladimir, with such power, isn't it possible for energy to harness emotions...just like us energy in flesh.

ValKaras on December 19, 2019:

Clive -- Ever since we heard that "God created us in His image" we tend to personify "Him" -- even giving Him a gender by calling Him a "he", along with ascribing to Him a whole spectrum of human emotions..

I personally think God is unfathomable universal intelligence, and we are not wired in our heads to grasp ITS realm.

So, even though I absolutely love your poem, my friend -- no, I don't think God is enough of a human to "cry". If He was, He would have to spend a lot of time crying for all those innocent children being killed around the world -- "humanly" helpless to either prevent it, or to punish the killers who are getting away with it.

Rosina S Khan on December 19, 2019:

This is a beautiful, touching poem, Clive about whether God cries when we leave the face of this earth. Great, heartfelt piece!

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