When you said we should love all your creatures
And I try – you know that I do
When you told us that we should love them
Did you mean mosquitoes too?
Yes, I know that some humans are awful
And I know we’ve not done very well
And it’s true that I felt some relief, God
When the Vatican redefined hell
Cause I have to confess that when bitten
My thoughts would make even you blush
And I really can wait for your answer
There is truly no need for a rush
You know how it hurts me to kill them
How I wince and regret such bad things
But please tell me why you made some creatures
Why on earth did you give them their wings?
Take that Japanese beetle for instance
In fact, I implore you, please do
Cause that Japanese beetle’s created
Leafy holes big enough to see through
God, those beetles will be my undoing
As they munch on our healthy green leaves
Did you see what they did to our garden
Do you not think them terrible thieves?
And another thing, God, that I wonder
For those earwigs are such awful pests
Who have set up their homes in our veggies
Did you mean them or just all the rest?
So dear God, I must ask you this question
Cause I know you like people with spunk
When you made such troublesome creatures
Were you maybe a little bit drunk?
There are people in my blogging network
Who’ll be horrified that I’m so bold
But I really do need to be honest
Cause I like being part of your fold
So again I must ask you this question
And I know you will tell me the truth
Do you not think that some of your creatures
Are a tiny bit mean and uncouth?
I am sorry to bug you with nonsense
And I know that I should never fuss
For some people are dealing with big things
And they never complain, swear or cuss
But dear God could you give me an answer
One day when you’ve got some free time
As to what I should think of these insects
‘Stead of writing ridiculous rhyme
When you said we should love all your creatures
And I try – you know how I do
When you said that we really should love them
Did you mean all the awful ones too?
Somewhat Inspired by Theologian C.H. Spurgeon, and by the current gypsy moth infestation of trees.
45 thoughts on “A Gardener’s Question to God”
Thanks for the fun and cheeky poem Cynthia! I believe their name “pests” answers the request. Please let us know God’s reply. We really do wonder why? 😊😛
I will let you know as soon as I hear.
I read a children’s story years ago called Taktuk An Arctic Boy who was complaining about mosquitoes. An elder told him that they helped drive the reindeer down to the ocean which helped the indigenous people who would kill them for food and hides.
All a matter of perspective, right?
LOL, this is so cute!!!
Oh I so enjoyed reading this! If only we were able to garden ‘easily’! 😉
I can’t tell you what the reason is but I think they all have a reason for being here. Even so, many times I’ve wondered what it could possibly be.
As you can tell, I do too!
I love your poem and have often wonder about the purpose of bugs, especially living in a subtropical climate where they are active all year. On the other hand, they do feed the birds and lizards I enjoy.
It does make you wonder, but as someone else also says, they do provide a purpose, even if I can’t see it.
Fun! Some creatures are hard to love. Right now, Maine is dealing with an infestation of brown tail moth caterpillars, whose tiny hairs infect some people the way poison ivy does.
Oh, Lord. Sorry to hear that. North of here, the gypsy moth caterpillars have stripped whole trees of their leaves, destroying some.
I love this, Cynthia!
I’m so glad. It’s good to hear from you. I hope all goes well.
So clever, Cynthia! Your rhyme made me smile, but oh – your poor garden!
Some of those pix were from previous years – last year, Japanese beetles and earwigs were bad. I await their arrival soon. Meanwhile, the mosquitoes and slugs have done their bit. It’s great to hear from you, Sandra.
Gardening is a true test of faith, as your poem shows. Thanks for the chuckle.
Glad it made you chuckle, Jason. I must come visit your garden soon via your blog.
Good one, Cynthia. I am sure God is working on his reply right now. It will probably come in the form of a swarm of summer flies. 😀 God works in mysterious ways.
We had the midges and mosquitoes, so let’s hope the flies stay away. Living here in the woods, we have enough to deal with!
A wonderful, amusing and realistic, poem, Cynthia. There are some creatures – including people – we just can’t love
So right, Derrick. Thanks for your reply.
I enjoyed your wry and whimsical take on garden pests!
I’m so glad you did, Liz!
I love your poem, Cynthia and I would like to know God’s answer, too. Your poor plants!
Some of the photos are from previous years, so most damage now is from local wildlife and slugs, while the mosquitoes have done what they do. Ah, well. Great to hear from you, dear Clare.
Thank you, Cynthia ❤
I think some time after the fall of Adam and Eve, when childbirth would be painful and growing food would by toiling, God frowned and said, “This isn’t so good” but then he created Hamlin to tend to your garden and rid it of destructive species. I think I read that around Genesis 3 or something like that… – Oscar (sorry, I have not been around much recently, lots do to to keep up with God’s creation in our yard)
You made me smile, Oscar. Thanks. I needed that smile today!
I enjoyed your poem, Cynthia, and can relate to the photos of chewed plants. Out here, the damage is mainly from those that crawl, or glide along the ground. The western slugs are huge! At the moment it is temperature that assaults the gardens. Today’s forecast is for 113 degrees, and I am feeling sorry for all those garden pests. 🙂
Oh no! That’s hot! I hope it’s getting better now.
The heat wave broke last night. We are back down in the 90s for the week. 🙂
My goodness, Cynthia, your garden is really taking a beating there! We are having our own tribulations with Brood X cicadas, and now they they’ve finally died down a bit, we’re expecting spotted lantern-flies to destroy our trees. I know that the web of life is beautiful and sacred, but I, like you, can’t help but wonder – do we really need mosquitoes, earwigs, and some of these other plaguing insects?
I’m loving this! Earwigs, slugs, snails the whole chuffing lot. It’s been very rainy here in Britain for months and walking in my garden at night is like crunching across gravel there are that many molluscs. My flowers and vegetables have been decimated accordingly.
I’m so sorry you’re dealing with all that! Actually, some of my photos were from previous years. The J. beetles haven’t done their worst yet, but the slugs and mosquitoes are at it. As are rabbits, squirrels and chipmunks. But I live in the woods, so what do I expect?
Tell me about it. We have a squirrel who eats a lot of things but worse thanks to his efforts and instead of weeds we have baby ash and hazelnut trees!
I was smiling all the way. There are always two sides to a coin so I do think they have a purpose but like you, darned if I can find it! A fun read.
And reading your reply made me smile on a day when I needed to smile, Paula! Thank you.
If he answers, would you also ask about chipmunks and squirrels. I know, I know so many people feed and photograph them, but here they just devour my fruit crops by pulling them off, taking a small bite, and leaving them spread on the ground. I’ve tried every gardening trick I know plus even tried keeping my sense of humor – nothing works. 🙂
I love this poem so much… it’s one of the best and cutest I’ve ever read!! I was just thinking these exact same thoughts yesterday, both about mosquitoes and the holes in my mint leaves… wondering why God created such creatures, then I stumbled upon this today. I would say it was a coincidence, except I’m pretty sure there are no such thing as coincidences. 😉
Glad you liked it, Mita!