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“God's Secretary” by R. S. Gwynn, Read by Nico

Her e-mail inbox always overflows.   
Her outbox doesn’t get much use at all.   
She puts on hold the umpteen-billionth call   
As music oozes forth to placate those   
Who wait, then disconnect. Outside, wind blows,   
Scything pale leaves. She sees a sparrow fall   
Fluttering to a claw-catch on a wall.   
Will He be in today? God only knows.   

She hasn’t seen His face—He’s so aloof.   
She’s long resigned He’ll never know or love her   
But still can wish there were some call, some proof   
That He requires a greater service of her.   
Fingers of rain now drum upon the roof,   
Coming from somewhere, somewhere far above her.   

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April 16, 2021 8:01 pm

Dear Nico,

I like the way you brought out the emotion of your poem by the way you read it.

April 14, 2021 2:34 pm

Dear Nico
I am amused by your reading of R. S. Gwynn’s poem, “God’s Secretary” because i liked the tone of voice you used when reading the poem, your voice makes it seem like you were the one who made the poem.

One line that stands out for me is, “She’s long resigned He’ll never know or love her ”. I think this line is fascinating because it sparks some type of mystery in the poem. Another set of lines that stands out for me is, “She sees a sparrow fall Fluttering to a claw-catch on a wall. / Will He be in today? God only knows.” I think these lines are amusing because in answer to a question, people say, “God only knows”. I found it funny that Gwynne would put that into the poem.

Gwynne’s poem reminds me of a story that I once read. it was about this secretary working for God. and how they have to put aside their differences to get their job done. In the end they fell in “love”.

Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next.

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