Today's poem is by Robert E. Haynes
From "The Unauthorized Fragments"
The pursuit of science leads to a religious feeling
of a special sort, which is indeed quite different from
the religiosity of someone more naive.
Albert Einstein Even my sleep is a desert drawn against black walls
that have little to do with triangles and π, or the slaughter
of pigeons that fall like clay from flying buttresses.
Something about not having you here reminds me
of the time I hoped for pain to leave awhile
and return with less of itself and more of a sight not seen.
I'm hoping that all the spaces not yet made
will have the chance to think,
to carry in their lawnchairs, to sit for a while
in the growing forgetfulness of each evening. On the horizon
where darkness descends into its perpetual shifting of light
like a dilemma we haven't quite solved, there may be something
about the God we keep coming back to, keep raising for ourselves
in moments of need, and keep talking to as if we want more
than anything to humble ourselves, at least for now
to what we call prayer and tone of pleading
that even our necks will be slacked by so much
begging. There, inside the enormity of space, the dimension
of our own wailings to this Godwho turns
a deaf ear to our sillinessforgets for us
how the crime of pacifists is an acute grandeur, a lesson
that all this leftover devotion wandering on the steps
of our cathedrals is not what will cure the violence, our faith
is so thinly hunkered inside so brittle a husk.
Copyright © 2002 Robert E. Haynes All rights reserved
from The Grand Unified Theory
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