By Kim Shultz
No sticks and stones have touched my bones,
But words indeed have hurt me.
The taunts and jibes from Smith and Jones,
And those who would convert me.
Whisper the fiery wrath of hell,
And then speak of love sublime.
And how long would it take to tell
How those two things can combine?
Tell me my thought, my will is free
And then say I must obey.
Explain about eternity,
Which I must choose day by day.
The reasoning behind your speech
Is what I am questioning.
I don't deny the faith you preach,
Only the truth of the thing.
Faith is something I cannot share
Although I know I have tried.
But so long as logic is there,
Anything else would be a lie.
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I think it gives a good explanation as to why there is so much debate--dare I say animosity?--between Atheists and Christians. Although Christianity isn't directly mentioned in this poem, the mention of Smith and Jones, as well as the references to heaven and hell would indicate that the poet is explaining her Atheism to a Christian.Answer Question
Answer by sahmamax2 at 2:50 PM on Jan. 10, 2011
Answer by Anonymous at 2:55 PM on Jan. 10, 2011
Answer by dullscissors at 3:04 PM on Jan. 10, 2011
I love that! The parts I related to the most:
Whisper the fiery wrath of hell,And then speak of love sublime.--I've never been able to reconcile these in my mind, so I don't believe in hell, but I think Jesus had important things to say about love and compassion.
Tell me my thought, my will is free And then say I must obey. --I prefer a path that encourages questioning and reason. I will not believe something on fear alone. My concept of god is impersonal, but I always had a hard time imagining why 'one true God' would bother to be a jealous god anyway.
The reasoning behind your speech Is what I am questioning. I don't deny the faith you preach, Only the truth of the thing. --I respect that others can and want to live by faith alone, but it's not my path.
Answer by pam19 at 3:16 PM on Jan. 10, 2011
Answer by Shaneagle777 at 3:34 PM on Jan. 10, 2011
Enlighten us, oh dear wise Shaneagle. What is your definition of faith and how is the Author misguided on it's meaning?
Answer by IhartU at 3:50 PM on Jan. 10, 2011
Answer by 2tinyhineys at 4:46 PM on Jan. 10, 2011
Answer by BUTTERCUP777 at 4:48 PM on Jan. 10, 2011
Answer by waldorfmom at 4:49 PM on Jan. 10, 2011
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