Martin O'Neill

Rookie - 15 Points (20-06-1958 / Solihull, Birmingham, England)

Hell And Stuff - Poem by Martin O'Neill

I don't hold a candle
For religion.
At least, not the sort that
Threatens, frightens and
Bullies.
Demands my love,
My adulation and fear as if
They are somehow compatible
Because apparently He loves me
But still has a big fire going on
In the background
Where He burns the flesh off the bones
Of naughty children
And dissidents.
He calls them heretics, it seems.
Must be a busy place,
Hell.


Comments about Hell And Stuff by Martin O'Neill

  • (10/16/2012 4:39:00 PM)


    perhaps hell is afterall really empty; perhaps we are all understood far better than we could ever understand; perhaps all that fear and obedience-garbage was just made up by very fearful, insecure souls; perhaps all we should ever see when we look at each other is love.... and by the way, I love this poem, and the way it has given me cause to ponder this, for that many sincere thanks. (Report) Reply

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  • Valerie Dohren (7/16/2012 2:29:00 PM)


    It must indeed - very good write. Have you read mine entitled Heaven and Hell, a bit lengthy but carries a similar philosophy. (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (6/22/2012 8:27:00 PM)


    Very good- I agree, it's almost like child abuse, brain-washing kids to believe that. Some people have that hanging over their heads their whole lives. (Report) Reply

  • (6/17/2012 3:31:00 PM)


    Great poem, very thought provoking. I think religion, when drummed into us when we're young, scares us so much that we're afraid to think for ourselves. It's like the scary movie you see on TV on your own and even though you know there's no one else in the house you can't go to sleep for fear that there is! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, May 25, 2012



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