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Lively Religious Imagination: A Poem

Val enjoys writing rhymed poetry with a valuable message in it.


Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.

-- Khalil Gibran

Once that we devotedly believe in a god

we tend to ascribe everything to his will

and we might even see it as a little odd

but why spoil so popular people's thrill.

Believing can be balsam to our heart

healing our pains and giving us hope

it doesn't have to make us very smart

but feels helpful at the end of our rope.

We create a god that created us

no one says it has to make sense

belief is shunning every brain's fuss

it works best with a dose of pretense.

Make believe world is in human domain

and no one should rain on that parade

belief is not meant to be toy of brain

it's understood from the first grade.

They say dreams die first before we die

people use anything for stress release

to some it's a kind of a pie in the sky

others have gods for their peace.

I create my joy with my own sheer will

so I don't need any religious crutches

religion doesn't provide my magic pill

but I respect others' escape hatches.

© 2022 Val Karas