Francis Duggan

One Thing They Share In Common - Poem by Francis Duggan

One might say a fine citizen though his behaviour at times seems odd
He hates the next door neighbour because he worships a different God
Though I would have thought that a true God would embrace all of Humanity
The Gods that so many believe in thrive only in disharmony.

His neighbour is not that unlike him and between them no love is lost
And rivalry over God as we well know can often come at a great cost
But in I a non believer a blackened soul is all they see
And one thing they share in common is their mistrust of me.

To them one who does not have a God of any kind is the worst case of all
Lower than the belly of the snake that through the long grass crawl
A disciple of Satan condemned to an afterlife of hell
These religious fundamentalists they seem to me as mentally unwell.

He and his neighbour dislike each other since to a different God they do pray
Your God is not as good as my God with some it is often that way
But their mistrust of me a Godless man is one thing that they share
For nothing is worse in their eyes than one who doesn't believe in prayer.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 2, 2008

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