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         Myth and Reality

Purposeless, chained to a wife,

Turns into idolatry,

Man abhors a vacuum life,

A spicy mistress is Mystery;

            Out of the earth and out of sod

            Man conjures up a hideous god.

 

Man in his futility

Makes sacred utility

Into drab humanity

Drags down Divinity;

            Out of a stable, out of sod

            Man conjures up a loving god.

 

Cruel and unjust society,

Gripped with gross inequality

Needs sacred commodity,

To justify brutality;

            Stupid like meat, heavy like cod,

            And readymade a cruel God.

 

Mystic fables are then made

Of the wine and of the bread,

Stories of a virgin maid

Mothered a babe though unwed;

            Stupid like meat, heavy like cod,

            And readymade a loving God.

 

Endless myth when you read it,

Argument to argument,

Reason for/against the spirit,

Resurrect every moment;

            Tic-tic-tic, seeds in a pod,

            Like a dead and dried up god.

 

You the branches, I the vine,

And it all looked very fine,

I am yours and you are mine,

And the water became wine.

            Dead and dried seeds in a pod,

            Tic-tic-tic and there was God.

 

                                       G. E. Gorfu

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