A Public Sphere for Poetry, Nature, and Politics
My friend who hates God so much
he doesn’t want him to exist
really hates the pimping pastors
and the Inquisitorial popes
but I don’t argue with him.
Atheists have a job to do
even though I don’t understand
how he can be one since he hates
God so much. But he’s essential
to the weave, he and others
protect us from delusion,
remind us we can’t ignore
our broken hearts and bodies.
But I think, Even if I hated God
his absence would leave a hole
in my chest through which all
dark things would howl
and whistle on their way to breaking me.
copyright 2014 by Doug Anderson, writing for Vox Populi