Anthem Of An Atheist - Poem by Thavaseelan Gopinathan
Oh, five elements of nature, the serene mountains and rivers,
the mute lives and the astute of the animate beings, who created thee?
It's the god, so said the Brahman, the Mufti, the Rabbi and the pastor,
diverse were their worlds and paths, united was their ‘creation' views.
Man evolved from monkeys, says Darwin,
God evolved from spooks, says the atheist.
O, the ocean of kindness, destroyer of the darkness of ignorance,
many a avatars you have taken, never glimpsed one, never smelled one.
Hunger engulfing many a lives, many a century's the plague has survived,
floods and lavas ravage my roofs, where were you? my intangible grace.
God created man, nay, man created god.
Death is fair and ultimate law of nature, afterlife, invention of a creature,
dirt is factual, pain of hell and pleasure of heaven are myths created.
Fear is your foundation, hell is your threat, and heaven is your bribe,
your threats won't harm me; your kindness won't induce me.
Threaten me not, for, I am your creator.
Oh! My misplaced belief, devils you created out of humans,
Crusades are launched in your name, killings always keep thy fame.
You are an image of greed, my aspiration, my goodness, and my hope.
You are an illusion reside in myself, need no gods and guiding religion,
for I can live without gods, and gods can't exist without me.
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