PAR LE MORT DIEU



And it came to pass at noon
that Elijah mocked them,
telling the anxious priests of Baal:
“Shout louder! After all, he is a god.
Maybe he’s busy. Maybe he’s thinking it over.
Maybe he stepped out for a moment
or wandered off to take a shit.
Perhaps he’s taking a nap
and someone needs to wake him.”

About three in the afternoon
Jesus cried out in a loud voice,
Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?”
One imagines the tenor of Christianity
would have been different
had he, at this point, leapt down from the cross
and massacred Jerusalem and Rome in disgust.

Nietzsche could see
where all this was going.

Eventually the Hubble Telescope found the skull,
marble and baroque,
floating in space out past Sedna
in the dark cometary suburbs of the solar system.
NASA, the ESA, JAXA, Roscosmos, CNSA,
ISRO, AEB and the Vatican
sent a joint, manned forensic mission.

It was the size of a large asteroid,
it was complex beyond human power to resolve,
roughly the same age as the universe
and have been dead
for a very long time.
Cause of death: Unknown –
but given it’s a giant skull, not a dead comet,
probably suspicious.

If there is a god, I would hope
he had more important things to worry about
than me;
the world is such a mess;
the tantrums of an omnipotent Caligula.
I’ll stay away from his house if he
stays out of mine.

I’ll absolve myself.

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