-pseudo piety

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-pseudo piety

those who claim
to hold the sword of piety
are waiting to impale themselves

-W.E.

if your religion is true
if as you say, it defines you
show me then
show me your hue

show me the depths
where your mercy extends
show me how you comfort
how your soul mends

show me what God taught you
what He asked you to do
show me by action
follow through

don’t preach from the pulpit
don’t flip pages of your book
don’t regurgitate verses
if you want us to look

I’m tired of Muslims
of Christians and Jews
of Buddhists and Atheists
I’m tired of fakers and of Hindus

I’m tired of everyone who claims
come and follow my way
but they can’t show love, humanity
and extend the hand of help, just for a day

just be an ear, a shoulder
a warm embrace
a smile, a hand
a kind face

is that what your religion teaches
to see only colour
to see size or appearance
or preference for gender

where is your God
to smite you this moment
to hold you to account
tell you of your broken covenant

haven’t you heard the story
of two brothers
One thought he was more pious
than the other

When the pious reproached him
said you will never see paradise
just because the sinner asked
to leave him to his vice

when they both died
God had his way
threw the pious in hell fire
the sinner in paradise, until this day

HE, Almighty said,
“Why do you take My Name for your own,
No one knows the extent of My Mercy”
nay, we don’t, or which direction it’s blown

W.E.


Inspired by a conversation I had with a friend which made me ill at the thought of how people use religion as a scapegoat to cover their faults, their fears, their prejudices and to oppress others. She’s had her life torn apart by zealots who know nothing of God.
All these things, causing (and rightfully so) so many people to hold religion in contempt, to hate it, to label it and it’s followers as oppressive.
As Charles Le Gai Eaton rightfully put it, when people rightfully say, I don’t believe in God, often, the answer begs to be asked, for God’s sake, which God?
If all that is being presented is a bastardised version, a human erred and flawed version, a morally and spiritually bankrupt version, then can the non-believer even be blamed? This is all they see, all they know, so yes, the onus is on the ‘believer’ to present the correct version. Not via a shotgun down their throat, but simply by living it.
W.E.

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