Gary Witt

An Agnostic's Prayer

He said I confess that I doubt.
I want the truth and have no desire
To whisper prayerfully into a hole.
So, neither believing nor disbelieving,
I wrap myself in uncertainty
And go out to build my world.

Besides, what is there
Truly to pray for
That Someone might answer?
For wisdom?
Strength?
Courage?
Peace?
These are all fine, worthy, and important things.
But I doubt (I confess that I doubt)
That any may be given or bestowed,
And suspect they must be earned and deserved.

A prayer for Revelation? Perhaps.
But it seems a silly, presumptuous wish
To invite myself in with those called
And those chosen.

Pray for forgiveness? Or maybe Redemption?
I have my regrets and I have much to learn.
But forgiveness is something I hope to give away
Freely, and not really something to seek.

No, with humility,
Knowing (yes, knowing)
I'm just a speck
On this speck of a world,
I would ask Whomever may be,
That You do what is right,
In Your infinite wisdom,
As will I, the best that I can.

Poem Submitted: Thursday, February 15, 2007
Poem Edited: Thursday, August 30, 2012

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  • Jim Hogg (12/24/2011 5:28:00 PM)

    I've just read some of your work again G, and like the last time I found myself thinking: he keeps getting better, and yet, most of them are unchanged... meaning that I didn't fully appreciate just how good you were/are... Must come back more often... A genuine pleasure - just what poetry should be. jim

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  • Duh Huh (3/30/2009 4:15:00 PM)

    Wow Mr. Witt, whether a person is a believer or not, there is nothing left to be said. Very creatively written and it addresses both sides of a religious issue with insight and wisdom. Thank you so very much for sharing :)

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  • James B. Earley (9/13/2008 10:19:00 AM)

    An interesting summation to an excellent composition!

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  • Philip Housiaux (4/16/2008 11:08:00 AM)

    This is a very fine write - the morality of the voice in addressing each possible prayer subject and the frank determined statement of intent at the ending have
    give good guidance whether devout or not.

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  • Don Mcwilliams (3/9/2008 9:35:00 AM)

    A refreshing paean to doubting introspection in a world of militant certainty.

    Best,
    Don

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  • Tsira Goge (2/27/2008 11:55:00 AM)

    Hello Gary, ' I’m just a speck
    On this speck of a world, ' Fine poems, for me it is not indifferent your philosophy..... Tsira

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  • Gregory Gunn (5/3/2007 2:02:00 PM)

    Gary, you are definitely serving up some rather choice & chewable comestibles for extended consideration with this offering. I am in total accordance with most of your presented postulates, but in particular, the 3rd strophe is spot on. Glad to have discovered your work here at PH.

    A votre santé,

    Greg

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  • Tara very irritated with PH injustice (4/1/2007 2:55:00 AM)

    Perfect irony! Masterful. I remember once teaching a philosophy of religion class centred on atheism and agnosticism and making my feelings on the matter (the latter camp) clear, and being called out in the middle to be told of a looming criss, and immediately praying. Kind of reminds me of that. Covering all bases kind of thing. The ending is particularly inspired. t x

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  • Anna Russell (3/18/2007 4:42:00 PM)

    So, neither believing nor disbelieving,
    I wrap myself in uncertainty
    And go out to build my world.

    Those lines really resonated with me - as I'm sure they will for many. A damned (pardon the pun) good write.
    Hugs
    Anna xxx

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  • THE LAST REMNANT OF SANITY BIDS YOU ADIEU (3/6/2007 12:57:00 PM)

    This is truly heartfelt, Gary.

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