Dogs 2013

ONE ATHEIST'S CREED
(4/3/13)


I believe
in a Higher
Order
to the Universe

an order
that I shall
never
fully comprehend

if others
wish to attach
a flowing beard
and a name
to this order
they are free
by me
to do so

I believe
that Truth
and Good
are the fundamental
elements
of my world

one
a fact
within my
limited understanding
of the Higher
Order

the other
an ideal
toward which
I continually
strive

I believe
that Love
contains
the highest level
of Good
in my life

but Love
is always tempered
with varying
degrees
of Truth

these well
intentioned
deceits
shield me
and others
from the unwelcomed
items of Truth
that may seem
to subtract
from the Good

these deceits
are the roots
of my problems
in Life

problems
that can only
be overcome
with unflinching
Truth

at times
the acceptance
of Truth
is my closest
approach
to Good

Death
is the most
evident
absolute Truth

all
of my spiritual
efforts
concentrate upon
the Good
of Love
and the Truth
of Death

in these
efforts
I find Purpose

I find
Happiness

I find
Peace