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01-02-2015, 09:11 AM
RE: Atheist Poetry
Sylvia Plath was born into Christianity (I think....) but her poems speak to me as if they are nihilistic and atheistic. One of her most famous ones is my favourite. Though I enjoy most of her poetry because it has the ability to make me tear up!
Lady Lazarus.


I have done it again.
One year in every ten
I manage it--

A sort of walking miracle, my skin
Bright as a Nazi lampshade,
My right foot

A paperweight,
My face a featureless, fine
Jew linen.

Peel off the napkin
O my enemy.
Do I terrify?--

The nose, the eye pits, the full set of teeth?
The sour breath
Will vanish in a day.

Soon, soon the flesh
The grave cave ate will be
At home on me

And I a smiling woman.
I am only thirty.
And like the cat I have nine times to die.

This is Number Three.
What a trash
To annihilate each decade.

What a million filaments.
The peanut-crunching crowd
Shoves in to see

Them unwrap me hand and foot--
The big strip tease.
Gentlemen, ladies

These are my hands
My knees.
I may be skin and bone,

Nevertheless, I am the same, identical woman.
The first time it happened I was ten.
It was an accident.

The second time I meant
To last it out and not come back at all.
I rocked shut

As a seashell.
They had to call and call
And pick the worms off me like sticky pearls.

Dying
Is an art, like everything else.
I do it exceptionally well.

I do it so it feels like hell.
I do it so it feels real.
I guess you could say I’ve a call.

It’s easy enough to do it in a cell.
It’s easy enough to do it and stay put.
It’s the theatrical

Comeback in broad day
To the same place, the same face, the same brute
Amused shout:

‘A miracle!'
That knocks me out.
There is a charge

For the eyeing of my scars, there is a charge
For the hearing of my heart--
It really goes.

And there is a charge, a very large charge
For a word or a touch
Or a bit of blood

Or a piece of my hair or my clothes.
So, so, Herr Doktor.
So, Herr Enemy.

I am your opus,
I am your valuable,
The pure gold baby

That melts to a shriek.
I turn and burn.
Do not think I underestimate your great concern.

Ash, ash--
You poke and stir.
Flesh, bone, there is nothing there--

A cake of soap,
A wedding ring,
A gold filling.

Herr God, Herr Lucifer
Beware
Beware.

Out of the ash
I rise with my red hair
And I eat men like air.

Saints live in flames; wise men, next to them.
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01-02-2015, 09:28 AM
RE: Atheist Poetry
I have a book of her poetry. My favorite is "Cut".

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01-02-2015, 10:07 AM
RE: Atheist Poetry
(01-02-2015 09:28 AM)Brian37 Wrote:  I have a book of her poetry. My favorite is "Cut".

Is it the "Ariel" collection?

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01-02-2015, 10:15 AM
RE: Atheist Poetry
Book title "Plath" "Everyman's Library, Pocket Poets", selections by Diane Wood MiddleBrook. Random House publishing.

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01-02-2015, 10:16 AM
RE: Atheist Poetry
I have to be honest, most of her stuff goes over my head. But I do love the imagery in "Cut".

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03-04-2015, 06:02 AM
RE: Atheist Poetry
The Fake And The Furious, (AKA Brian James Rational Poet on FB and @Brianrrs37 on Twitter) also post #641 at http://www.rationalresponders.com/forum/31771?page=12 my home thread.

The Fake And The Furious, By Brian37

Hagee and Robertson

Rush and Coulter

Even DeePak

Full of bluster



Hinn on a stage

No real doctor

Fleecing the gullible

Furious with anger



Warren's Purpose

Countered by Dan

The fake ringmasters

Exposed by skeptics



The clowns get angry

When they are challenged

They don't like it

When you expose them



Their muscle cars

Impractical

Fueld by magic

Drifting off cliffs



Fast and furious

A race to doomsday

They'd rather commit sucide

If they don't get their way



Their diesil driven

Fantasy book

Has a vin number

With a death wish



Their rumbels and roars

And pealing tires

They crash and burn

Over selfish desires



They're on the run

Futile speed

A highway to nowhere

They know we see



The expansion of

The universe

Is the real

Fast and furious

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03-04-2015, 06:49 AM
RE: Atheist Poetry
(22-08-2014 04:18 AM)Brian37 Wrote:  None of the quad-Kamikazes

Shouted "Bonsai"

Brian, great poem. One small correction. I think the word you wanted was "Banzai".
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03-04-2015, 07:24 AM
RE: Atheist Poetry
Thank you, if I ever get a book out, those errors will be corrected.

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03-04-2015, 06:23 PM
RE: Atheist Poetry
Roses are red

Violets are blue

There is no god

There is no "I" in "team" but there is a broken and mixed up "me."
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14-07-2016, 04:08 PM
RE: Atheist Poetry
"If It Sounds Too Good" By Brian37 (AKA Brian James Rational Poet On Facebook and @Brianrrs37 on twitter)


The soothsayers
And Seers
Oracles
And prophets

Psychics
And Ouija boards
Homeopathy
Don't doubt them

Of holy men, old writings
Blindly beleive them
Don't ever dare
To even question

They are the fine print
In any contract
There to serve you
Payday loan or cell phone

They are the woman
Sawed in half
PT Barnum
Has the last laugh

You'd have me believe
The claims of antiquity
Don't thrive on the same marketing
Of infomercial TV

Deities remove stains
Get your carpet clean
Read the fine print
Before you subscribe to Dish

Oxi clean
In omni fashion
Get's the mouse on the wheel
To chase utopia cheese

Reverse mortgage
Is what religion is
Henry Winkler
Is a scam

You still own
Your brain
Until the bookmaker
Demands you pay

Racketeering
Is all the same
Be it old
Or oxy clean

If it sounds too good to be true
It probably is
And that is why
All gods are dead
(end)

Original host thread here post #844 hosted here http://www.rationalresponders.com/forum/31771?page=16

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