Basis of Belief
Spare me ill-considered thoughts
and tales of the enlightened sage
whose very basis of belief
seems to have assembled
when listening to his ringing ears
one late summer evening,
as he lay soaking naked in a tub.
And holy writ of nether world—
its commands and promises
now in language thrice removed—
misunderstood when first uttered in
scarce remembered ancient tongue,
yet presumptive literal masters
hasten to opine.
interstices of mind—
vacuformed and stolid—
deny calm reason’s abstract,
and flee truth’s sanctum,
dogma in their fond embrace,
awash in its decrepitude.
in thrall of Mesmer’s haunt
sustains a tortured cadence
of greed, dishonesty and graft,
which now in tawdry bloat ascends,
as if arms of gods on the empyrean sphere
would open wide to greet.
Consider well and ponder such severely,
who would transcend the veil,
for wisdom gained and love prolonged
will surely ease the transit.
And those who favored having over being?
Their cherished worth is fled.
Their hubris at an end.
Copyright © Mark Peterson