Abstain from staring too long at the sky.
Stick to screens, little keyboards;
block out birds with private earbuds;
never hear the wind breathe harder.
Watch TV. Always drive.
Try to avoid a night outside
in ladled moonlight, glowing broth.
Eschew solitude; cut back on silence;
call up someone just to gossip;
send lots of messages; read them, too.
Make sure not to spend a winter in the woods,
a month on a summit, a week in a desert,
time by the sea if it promotes thinking
how it's acceptance without conditions
that makes me acceptable, and pretty soon,
though tough at first, atheism's easier.
Image Number 74 / Summer 2012
Number 74 / Summer 2012
Copyright © 2012 by Stephen Cushman
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