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Believer's Blasphemy

By Wanda Morrow Clevenger

How dare the masters painted you
-- white robe, face, flowing beard --
in their own image; a belief so sure to know
where to place sight and sound.

When a child I prayed to this surrogate
grandfather hovered just above
because there was no other but
blind faith -- my linage begot in a garden.

And I pray blasphemy is forgiven
because I like you better now,
the way Carl Sagan painted you,
and praised your name -- quasar,
nebula, galaxy
and planet; northern lights for halo.

Article © Wanda Morrow Clevenger. All rights reserved.
Published on 2016-01-25
Image(s) are public domain.
2 Reader Comments
Melanie Wilcox
04:28:19 AM
Beautiful and thought-provoking.
Wanda Morrow Clevenger
03:45:39 AM
Thank you, Melanie. Carl Sagan was a god in his own right.
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