Scott Alten lives and works as a teacher of English in southern New Jersey. He is currently working on his second novel (since no one published the first one) . more »
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The Heaven Of Atheists (An Echo Of James Dickey’s “the Heaven Of Animals”)
Here they are. The cynical eyes open.
If they have lived in a city
It is a city.
If they have lived in the suburbs
It is lawns manicured
Beneath their shoes, endlessly.
Believing not in souls, they have come,
Regardless, beneath their knowing.
Their scrutiny wholly blossoms.
And they awaken.
The cynical eyes open.
To teach them, the terrain manifests,
Outshining what is expected:
The richest reincarnation,
The deepest abyss.
For some of them
It could not be the place
It is, without thought.