Tuesday, 10 April 2012


Whilst black holes in space can pull stars to oblivion,
And physicists dream in their own special idiom
Of macro and micro, or quasars and quarks,
You might be forgiven for feeling this marks
The end of a story, which finally brings
A beautiful unification to things.

Yet beyond our desire to comprehend stars
Or, send earth’s ambassadors winging to Mars,
We must urgently ask the cults of conviction,
Intent upon preaching a dangerous fiction
 Why a peaceable god they believe is so great,
Would fill his creations with murderous hate?

© James Rainsford 2012

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  1. With the gift of free will comes the opportunity for us to fill each other with hate! This is just a flawless weave, James! Impeccable rhythm and rhyme...not to mention the wit we've all become so fond of. Also, thank you so very much for your support...the world needs more you! :)

  2. ugh you ask hard questions...and there in lies the conundrum of free will...aloowing us to become...and our desire to be our own gods as that we take and destroy....nice form in this...and great topic...

  3. As a deep thinker myself, I think we are/were fashioned by the Gods and as we all know from ancient texts, the Gods themselves (Before the Bible and other good books) were written, fought among themselves too. We are our own creators and, we are (maybe) just like them, in feeling, greed, envy, jealousy, hatred.
    Very thought provoking read James.

  4. lots of questions without answers...i like if we ask them though...esp. the big questions...and heck yes...for much of the evil things we don't have to go that far...there's much that comes from our own heart and desires

  5. Hard questions without answers...good thought provoking poem.

  6. The question of evil goes on and on. This is such a well-written form poem. I have to hope in the "beautiful unification of things," but we are so far from it here.

  7. Yeah free will can surely be no thrill. For if we were to go to mars and there was something there, we would slap them behind bars and declare it ours. Humans are their own worst enemy.

  8. Such a question has been asked since time immemorial... and we can discuss endlessly the balance between predetermination, free will. But though there may be no answers, you have posed the question eloquently.

  9. Just excellent in structure flow and rhythm.

  10. Thinking about the vastness of space and the stars always makes my head spin...crazy to think that one day time will actually stop (when all the stars go out)...lovely verse here James- exquisite form and lovely linkage between words- and thought provoking...great- im going to be sat here for the rest of the day now wondering about the essence of REALITY...:)

  11. You might well ask....
    Don't think an aswer will be forthcoming in the near future.
    Or even the distant one.

  12. Amen and hallelujah. This speaks directly to my soul, which I suspect shines like ebony to many. I really liked it.

    P.S. I was quite taken with your bio on the sidebar. I'll be back!


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