April 14, 2017
Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. The twin themes for this week are Passover, the first night of which falls on April 10, and Easter, which falls on April 16.
Today’s poem is a Passover and Easter poem about the need for doubt.
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Perhaps Christ rose from the dead; perhaps He didn’t.
And Moses may, or not, have split the sea.
So must faith supply what reason doesn’t,
Singing of how better life could be.
Ought one, can one pick and choose one’s truth,
Vested heavily in being right,
Even tailoring measurements to suit
Revelations seen in ambient light?
Even as one seals one’s certainties,
A bit of doubt should slip into the soul,
Sent to complicate one’s harmonies
That one might hear the richness of the whole.
Each truth’s a light that ought not make one blind:
Radiant, yes, but gentle, shy, and kind.
© by Nicholas Gordon
Hear or watch me recite this poem and listen to the music I chose for it at http://www.poemsforfree.com/perha9.html. For more poems about religion, go to http://www.poemsforfree.com/religiouspoems.html .
This week’s theme: Easter and Passover
April 10: Religions Live in a Crowded Neighborhood
April 11: Easter and Pesach, Eternally Linked
April 12: Every Religion Has Blood on Its Hands
April 13: Easter and Passover Go TogetherApril 14: Perhaps Christ Rose from the Dead; Perhaps He Didn’t