Spirit of Inquiry #poem

Appropriate for a Sunday.


If God is


we are forbidden
to follow false gods


why do we
tear selected bits
from sacred books,
soak them in other people’s blood,
form self-portraits
around our guilty fists
and worship them?

Praise the Almighty,
Lord of the Universe
Creator of All Things
Seen and Unseen.
Praise Him, all ye peoples,
or this lump on the end of my arm
will give you such a smite!

Comes the reluctant antiphon:
“Alleluia, I guess….”

–Marian Allen

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: What’s your main character’s religious stance? Has it changed, over the years?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Spirit of Inquiry #poem

  1. Dan Antion

    March 26, 2017 at 7:46am

    God, patriotism, and a host of other beliefs and loyalties can be perverted by anyone to support their own agenda. At no time is that behavior in keeping with the true meaning, but… We are flawed.

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