Posted by: Peadar Ban | May 16, 2012

The Atheist: Theme and Variation

Pavel Chichikov is the poet who wrote the poem below.

THE ATHEIST

He died and so he disbelieves
In life beyond the tomb,
Fears to feel himself alive,
That living might resume

For then he would touch pain and woe
Remorse and empathy,
The anguish that it is to grow
Into eternity

And so he has renounced a trust
In something yet unseen
To eat the meager rotting crust
On the slab of the obscene

Pavel
May 14, 2012

Strong words, and true.  Sometimes words and ideas such as these will resonate, produce an echo.  This is one such echo produced, a variation on the theme; perhaps a paraphrase:

He dies. Into nothingness descends
And darkness of deep oppression begins
for him, who thought death simple end.

Light, light beyond light, had briefly shone
Across vast times, all space.
He turned from that. Stumbled on
Wilful blindness was his faith

Judas to himself complete

Now he knows truth too late.

No end of regret his food, and hate.

 

Someone objected to the whole exercise, deploring poems about atheists and their possible ends.  I do not know why.  It should not really matter to an atheist.

Should it?

The only ones who worry about an atheist’s death are those who believe in God.  And, they worry not so much about what will happen to him, because they know God’s illimitable mercy, but what he may insist on doing to himself despite that mercy.

Should they?

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Responses

  1. “The only ones who worry about an atheist’s death are those who believe in God. And, they worry not so much about what will happen to him, because they know God’s illimitable mercy, but what he may insist on doing to himself despite that mercy.”

    This is more than a little disingenuous.

    • How, please?

  2. Oh, atheists are fine with poems about what happens to us:

    http://freethoughtblogs.com/cuttlefish/2011/11/16/the-worms-go-in/

    • At least one seemed not to be, unless I misunderstand the meaning of the word deplore.


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