by Robert R. Cobb
Dear Lord of All above,
beyond infernal, etheral space,
through Your eternal love
please prepare me a place,
where I may receive and send
e-mails as I rest in peace.
Keep me connected, no end,
if I may pray to be so bold,
forever is far too long to be on hold.
I am just an Internet junkie,
I confess that I'm addicted
to universal relay locator keys,
and world wide web, unexpurgated.
Please, Lord, forgive me for my sins on Earth,
if ever You may deem me enough educated,
to confide just what Your Addy's worth.
Dear Lord, if it is not too much to ask,
I'd like a Heavenly keyboard, free
from typos and sins of omission, tasks
made user-friendly, designed orthopedically;
And, a computer system, well within Your Power,
that is secure, without cookies, nor virus, virtually
3D, DVD, surround sound at any given hour.
No spamming, no channel jamming,
no list-serve trolling, no uncontrolled flaming.
No need for cyber-nannies, no porno-passing-hosers,
no hackers, scamming hustlers, no pedeophile chat-room posers.
No Devil, no e-mail demons, no casino scenes,
no sweepstakes, games of chance, nothing untoward,
nor censored, nor monitored, filtered, all kept clean.
Perhaps I am asking for too much from Your Word,
what with other plights demanding Your attention,
like famines, earthquakes, floods, and fights,
pestilence, sanctity of life, nuclear proliferation.
I am not praying for any satellite-spy-in-the-sky,
God, You know that's not what I'm seeking,
nor any Big Brother looking askance with one eye
upon my private business affairs, tracking
my life movements and moments telescopically.
God, you know what's in my heart and mind,
what's really behind words, poetically spoken,
I put faith in You, Lord, my convictions blind,
to cure the world's ills, to fix all that is broken.
©2001 by Robert R. Cobb
Robert R. Cobb retired as a high school art teacher two years ago,
teaching experience with Maine Township High School District #207 in
Des Plaines, Illinois. He lives with his wife of forty years, Lorna, in
They have three grown sons and five grandchildren. Robert is a
artist as well
as a sometime poet. His works of art, largely drawings, paintings, and
may be found in
over 150 collections. His poetry may be found in recent issues of
Snakeskin Webzine, Basket Case Magazine, The Southern Ocean Review, The Free Cuisenart,
The Nexus, The Paradigm Press Zine, and BeFreeZine. Robert's poem "Sestina
Senses and Nonsense"
won second place in The Black Swan Review's national poetry contest.
Robert was also the featured poet of the month in The Nepenthe Journal in June 1999.
See Robert R. Cobb's art work in this issue.