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Posted: October 11th. 2005 4:06:45 PM

Views: 1943

A Pagan's Reply

by Rook

Age Group: Adult

Part I.

Your mission is to spread the
“Word”, not string me on
barbed wire, have to listen
to your fanatical woes.

Is the mission of God not
meant to “save” our souls? Why
then, is there this hypocrisy so
cliché, this “Hell” yawning before
my feet, a precipice itching to
hang me by my heathen neck?

If I am such an affront, such
a “demon spawn, ” to praise
a Goddess who teaches universal love
and “Harm Not” Laws, not Crusades,
then why do I deserve the mistrust of
backwards, seventeenth century,
“modern” ways?

I suffer not your Word, fake Bible, so
I can live freely; be damned my
soul, then, if that is how it will end, for
as far as I am concerned, we all
smell the same when we’re dead.

Part II.

I spurn you,
a literature not my own;
I am amazed by you,
a ludicrous guffaw
in the face of my good humor;
I am in disbelief,
yet I sponge up my own
my own religion,
and all its written values.

Author's Notes: Part I.

I wrote this Fall of 2005. Just how I felt at the time.

I don't like to sink to such a level as to write poems that put down others' beliefs. So don't get me wrong on that point. However, being in an advanced poetry course, you tend to read all kinds, and in more cases than not, there will be some zealot or other in class who has to write *every single one* of his or her poems about the power of Christ. No problem (I have *absolutely nothing* against Christians) , but I was finally irked by one poem in particular, not only for its choice of topic (again) , but how it was presented, its abominable grammar, and horrible structure (it was in paragraph form, not at all a poem) . So this poem in return was born; please forgive me, I don't mean to offend others with this Reply (Part I) .... As for the last sentence to it, while harsh, it was something I heard and picked up, liked, so added it in.

It did go through workshop. The other students thought it should turned into a fluffy poem, all things considered. They wanted more "pagany" imagery (which I wouldn't have had a problem with had they not been indicating that I should lean towards: "Oh Bacchus, let me party with you 'cause I'm such a cool pagan!") .

They wanted me to rewrite it as more of a "reply" than a "rant"--this one in particular was a big thing for me, as I don't believe (as of that comment) that they understood my poem. I don't think it's a rant. A rant would be whining and complaining. I see this poem as... more of an observation. In REPLY to the poem I mentioned in the first place. Or maybe it's only me who sees it that way.

"Pagans aren't that angry." "Pagan poetry isn't that angry." Since when? That comment was the most irritating of all. Kinda runs into that "I'm a happy, shiny pagan and I love the world!" phase people in general tend to misunderstand about the Craft.

And it was suggested that I was Wiccan, not pagan. No inherent problems there, except I was trying NOT to define the poem so it would have the ability to speak to more than a limited audience.

I may make it for a 13-part poem total, but I doubt it right now.

Part II.

I posted the sister poem as the second part. It is the companion piece to my poem, "A Pagan's Reply, " previously titled "Fake Bible."

I wrote it because I found my Reply somewhat hypocritical on that note, and only now was I able to put my fingers on the right words to express it.

Not that I try to be hypocritical, but there it is. Much more could be said - there are a couple other subjects in the last part that could be addressed - but I like it as is.

Author's Location: Columbia, Missouri
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