• Carol Everett Adams

Poem: There Are So Many Names of God

Updated: Jun 21

This poem was published in Frigg: a Magazine of Fiction and Poetry, in issue 54 fall/winter 2019.

There Are So Many Names of God

but if I said Walt was one, you’d be mad or say Oh God, she’s mad and lock me deep in the sanctuary, trot me out on feast days. Walt bought all the nails and built a church carved a mouse over the door and there’s nothing wrong with that because God is a mouse and Walt is his father. God lives in the dark of the mountains: Space, Thunder, Splash, Matterhorn. God is the Mad Hatter. And I don’t tell you this to make you dizzy but to hoist a lamp into the trees and help you see a tea party outdoors is just what the God doctor ordered. God’s names are at the bottom of your cup. At the bottom of your cup there are stars, the very stars I visit from my bed, the ones on the way to morning where the names of God are sung forever: Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Aurora. Let God be light, let her ride the coasters and fly if she wants to.

—title is from The Guides, from The Book of Mastery, channeled by Paul Selig


Carol Everett Adams

Midwestern United States


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