Michael Shepherd

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! ! A Great Scientist

He was full of questions.
For others, he provided answers
that stunned their knowledge and their world;
for him, his answers were but springboards
for his further questions.

He was the humblest of agnostics,
the humblest too, of atheists:
in the absence of sure faith in answers,
he lived with faith in questions;

and lived in wonder – full of wonder at the laws
that unfolded to his curiosity;
an eternity of questions;
an eternity of wonder at the world;

and perhaps, the God he did not believe in,
smiled, and loved him as a true believer;
sharing the goodness, truth and beauty of the universe
as angels may; believing in the love of law,
as the God of questions and creation must.

Poem Submitted: Sunday, February 3, 2008
Poem Edited: Friday, February 8, 2008

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Comments about ! ! A Great Scientist by Michael Shepherd

  • Fay SlimmFay Slimm (9/6/2008 10:59:00 AM)

    Ah - am I seeing a Lucifer here who, eternally questioning, can only ultimately believe in the eternal Question... and Law of course....but the God of Law and all creation must respect the questioning..... Ummmm maybe I am all at sea, but that is my interpretaion of such a piece which could at least give an evening's discussion to the meaning of the imagery.

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  • Alison Cassidy (2/7/2008 6:20:00 PM)

    Wisdom engagingly penned. I believe those who have all the answers tend to come from a place of fear. Those who question, invariably grow. You make your point exceptionally well, Michael. love, Allie ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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  • Anna Russell (2/4/2008 4:30:00 AM)

    From someone who can be an agnostic, an atheist and a believer all in the space of five minutes, I can relate to this. A flowing, contemplative write - I especially liked the last stanza.10 from me.
    Hugs
    Anna xxx

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  • Mary Gordley (2/3/2008 1:34:00 PM)

    Lovely contemplation. Christ said that we must become as children to enter Heaven, what is more childlike than the awe and wonder of such a scientist?

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  • Tara very irritated with PH injustice (2/3/2008 8:43:00 AM)

    I've never thought of being both agnostic and atheist before. Hmmn, going to ponder this one. t x

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  • Craig AndersonCraig Anderson (2/3/2008 6:17:00 AM)

    A teacher on the one hand and student on the other. A great piece. An evenings discussion you could have just on this one topic.Regards. Craig.

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