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For what good is life,
If one must kill,
In order,
To preserve it?

Like the lilies of the field,
We cut them down,
In order to preserve,
Their charm.

The folly of believing,
That one,
Can exist,
Without the other.

That oneís breathing in,
Can be maintained,
In the absence of another,
Breathing out.

That breath,
Is not,
A gift,
From God.

Recklessly denying,
That in killing our foe,
We have chosen death,
As opposed to life.

That in killing,
Those who we hate,
We have proven that we,
Do not love God.

G. Doug Soderstrom, Ph.D.

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The following comments are for "For What Good is Life"
by dougsoderstrom

reckless denial
there's a simple and profound conviction at the heart of this poem, clearly and passionately stated... but, I wonder what the atheistic version would be to those last four lines?

I wonder too how many of those "reckless" denials are made out of necessity, for survival, in order to carry on... but of course, "survival" is very different to "life"...

a stark and powerful, and thought provoking poem, thanks for sharing this.

( Posted by: AuldMiseryGuts [Member] On: June 8, 2007 )

In regards to the last four lines for "an atheist" I would change but on word (God) and substitute in its place (our fellow man).


That in killing,
Those who we hate,
We have proven that we,
Do not love our fellow man.

( Posted by: dougsoderstrom [Member] On: June 8, 2007 )

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