If God exists, then where he hides?
In the center or to the sides?
High up above or down below?
This no one seems to know.
Explain what does your god mean,
how he differs from things not seen?
Can you produce one bit of evidence
beyond that of mere pretense?
Quoting scriptures won’t change my mind.
No proof of god in these I find.
I do not trust in your anecdotes
and neither in your stories, quotes.
All this religious business
stands in a way of progress.
All faith is out of season,
beyond all thought and reason.
Hence, my friends, it is now clear,
All this to me seems very queer.
Let children play with their gods
but to me it makes no odds.
*Painting – “John Brown reading his Bible”, by Horace Pippin, 1942.