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A Note on Fundamentalism

PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 12:22 am
by Credo Buffa
OK, here I am posting a poem. I figured if Saturn could bust out of his shell, then so can I :P

I just did this to test the waters, so to speak. I'm not sure I quite get across the point that I'm meaning to, but. . . :roll: Anyway, this is more socially motivated than the kind of stuff I usually would write, but I've been thinking a lot about my faith of late and how it compares to the archetype, so I figured I'd try and compose some of my musings in poetic form as a little exercise. So. . . here goes!


A Note on Fundamentalism

I often wonder if my memories are real,
Or if they are a motley cut-and-paste
Version of scenes from other lives
Better and more exciting than mine—
Two socks that don’t match, or
That one regular French fry that always manages
To get mixed in with the curly ones.

I think on it as the question of Moses
Sending plagues of death and parting the waters;
In a world of words like “epidemiology”
And “tectonic plates,”
Do I believe?


. . . Manna in the fields,

Manna in the soul. . .

. . . Act of nature,

Act of God. . .



Then I say to myself,
“That regular fry is just as good
As the curly ones, isn’t it?
They both come from the same potato.”

PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 12:47 am
by Malia
Love the poem, Credo :)

I especially like the last stanza. Being a middle-of-the road Episcopalian who sees no conflict between evolution and creationism, I agree with the potato analogy :)

I like how you infuse some humor in the poem with the French Fry analogy.

You're tackling a timely (and timeless) subject matter--love the depth of thought and feeling you convey.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 12:49 am
by Credo Buffa
Malia wrote:I especially like the last stanza. Being a middle-of-the road Episcopalian who sees no conflict between evolution and creationism, I agree with the potato analogy :)

Oh good, that's what I was going for :) Thank you!

PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 9:50 am
by Saturn
It seems I'm all alone in being an atheist on here - you are all Bailey's to my Keats :shock:

You'd probbaly be very offended by some of the earlier poems I've posted on this board like this


Saturn wrote:Inquiry of belief

Antiquity has no authority;
His slow steps, bent with age
Carry only the luggage of Time:
A trail of wrinkled error
Whose furrows and crevises
Are mere folds of belief, which,
Intravenously injected
Into the blood of children,
Relayed as dusty hierlooms
To be treasured up like bullion -
An holy bequest or inheritance
Of fixed opinions, which ever
Unchallenged will rot inquiry
And thus Delusion will stalk
Ever forward unto eternity.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 1:23 pm
by Credo Buffa
Oh, I'm not offended by atheism. Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs; I can respect yours if you can respect mine :wink: :)

PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 5:51 pm
by Malia
Credo Buffa wrote:Oh, I'm not offended by atheism. Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs; I can respect yours if you can respect mine :wink: :)



Absolutely! It's the variety of beliefs in this world that makes it such an interesting place :D

PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:28 pm
by Saturn
Credo Buffa wrote:Oh, I'm not offended by atheism. Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs; I can respect yours if you can respect mine :wink: :)


Not wishing to go too much into this but atheism in fact is not a belief, it is the antithesis of belief.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:38 pm
by dks
Whoa. You guys are hitting some hilly terrain here...may I join you?

I say, hail syncretism...all you Wiccans for Jesus, Buddhist Catholics, Muslim Jews, Jehovah's Witness, Cowboy Baptists (those are real, by the way), believers, non-believers...who the hell cares? We all live and die and bleed red. :lol:

Love that poem, Credo--it's succint and witty and the italicized marginalia in the middle is fitting and evocative!

All of you are poets--so don't try and drain it from your very veins...I knew you all were... :wink:

PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 11:19 pm
by Saturn
Thank you very much dks you are too kind.

Though usually very modest and dismissive of my own stuff I am actually quite proud of that poem Inquiry of Belief which is quoted above :D

PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2006 12:28 am
by Credo Buffa
Saturn wrote:Not wishing to go too much into this but atheism in fact is not a belief, it is the antithesis of belief.

Ha ha. . . I won't go there either; I've had some pretty lengthy arguments about that very point! :lol: :P

Thank you for your comments, dks! :D

PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2006 12:37 am
by Saturn
I'm not very good at and I hate arguments, so we'll just let this one slide...

PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2006 12:38 am
by Credo Buffa
Good deal *thumbs up*