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II: HER WORDS • Poetry


‘ … tainted by the greedy Who outshine the benign … ‘


Religion


He told us to remember that life goes on, Then he read from the book of death With a half-frown on his face that said “I don’t know who any of you are and it doesn’t matter.” He told us all to take a moment. So, like good puppets, We moved our lips to match his. The drone of a simple-minded crowd That said “We all know you too well to speak.” He stood in front of us— Attempted to move us with words That belonged in the mouth of a loved one, Of a child, a brother, a grandson. We all allowed him— Invited this stranger to speak With a blank face On a person for whom we have all wept.


________ If you could choose to believe science or religion, which would you choose?


I like actual answers Clean and exact Not some abstract bullshit That feeds on and attacks Those who need to believe To get back to a place Where it’s worth it to get out of bed every day


Because, to me, it’s a mindset That blinders are safer than logic But it loses benevolence When its views become toxic And tainted by the greedy Who outshine the benign It might sound redundant But I find that numbers are far more reliable Than a man in the sky


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