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Poetry | ΤΩ ΑΓΝΩΣΤΩ ΘΕΩ

ΤΩ ΑΓΝΩΣΤΩ ΘΕΩ

(The Unknown God)

© 2017 Vernon Miles Kerr

You, who are said to silently sit behind the veil

Parsimoniously meting out indulgences or pain,

Blessings or cursings,

Who are said to be aloof—at times angry, vindictive,

Who are said to be obsessed with what we wear or eat,

And other libels:

How do you bear us?

We pour through the “holy books,”

We analyze,

We exegete,

We theorize,

We evangelize,

All the while repressing a nagging doubt.

Are all of these your ancient words,

or have we created you in our own image,

In order to fill an empty soul,

In order to fill a page,

In order to control others?

You, whose utterances are the stars and galaxies,

The green Earth—

And ourselves:

The solitary Earthly creature

who even notices the nightly wheel

Of sparkling brilliance

Turning above,

And then wonders:

What is your purpose for us?

There must be some purpose.

How could the magnitude of that which was uttered

Be noticed by such a tiny creature as we

Living on a dust mote,

But fashioned with no purpose?

Or do you create on a whim, as we do,

With little reason other than entertainment?

You have created us from temporary matter,

On a finite plane with finite resources,

On a planet of natural, unending war

Where nothing is gained without concurrent loss,

And nothing lives but that something else dies:

Are we merely entertainment for you,

Like the rise and fall of a movie plot?

Do you create crisis just to see how we handle it?

Or is life on this planet merely divine aversion therapy

For immortal souls?

Will you question us in the afterlife?

Billions of us have wondered;

Billions will wonder when we are gone.

Or is it—as the libels go,

“His purposes are beyond our understanding?”

If they are, then you are not only “unknown”

But also unknowable,

And unrelatable,

And this exercise has been vain

And vacuous.

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