In God’s Name

img_3018Of the myriad species with us here

Mankind, alone, might be aware

Marking time; possessing empathy

Self-consciousness and a will that’s free

 

Then why the folly of deadly strife

With religion oft cited to take a life

Which god asks people to kill the same

To glorify its works or defend its name

 

A divine being would not have need

To see its creations do bloody deed

If such actions must take place

They’re surely not done with any god’s grace

 

Greed and power are the reasons why

Tribe against creed vie and die

A deity cares neither for war nor peace

As paltry lifeforms squander their lease

 

A god doesn’t act as a grand puppeteer

Pulling strings to spread carnage and fear

A monotheist would only be benign

Free, not envious, of another’s design

 

So when in a god’s name we take its greatest gift

Perverting its cause to some meaningless rift

Know true to yourself that you are to blame

Or answer before it, and hang your head in shame.

Freedom To Think

Family loyalty is something that could

Stifle your views, for some greater good

As biased opinions, you need reflect

To show some deference and respect

 

Our dearest siblings are often the worse

Their forthright views, they gaily rehearse

They’ll tell you straight, because they know best

With ultimate wisdom, they think they are blessed

 

Of our studied thoughts, they seldom care

And if we can think, they don’t seem aware

But their strong beliefs, we must endure

Just accept their prejudices and politely concur

 

The broader family can be quite as bad

Aunts, cousins and nephews, driving us mad

They feel that alone they have worked out some truth

And how could we possibly have any disproof

 

They haughtily assume that the timid relation

Is there to fulfil a particular station

A sounding board merely to nod and repeat

Whilst sitting and learning at the oracle’s feet

 

Maybe the meek shall inherit the earth

But must we allow fate’s trick of birth

To dictate what we think for fear of offence

Within any family with some common sense.