Atheist prayer

we fear the people who love their guns
more than we love our children.

the atheist prays every day to gods she finds incomprehensible:

Remove the sticks of destruction
from our arsenals and minds.
Banish them to eternity.
Cleanse us that we may be clean.

a merciful god would hear this supplicant,
know her grace,
and answer in the affirmative.
a god who loved his children
would, she thinks and hopes.

but we could surely find other ways of killing, you object.

yes, I acknowledge,

or perhaps
just perhaps
choose not to.

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Rick O. Gilmore
Professor of Psychology
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