I heard the old priest say

When I was young, I heard the old priest say godless men are evil. Only the hope of heaven and the fear of hell restrains man’s fallen nature

As I listened, the sceptic in me grew – if tomorrow, there were no god would all the people in the pews – my grandmother – the priest himself turn into cruel, inhuman beasts?

When I left the church that day,
I looked at the people streaming out – and knew whatever path I chose, I’d keep my faith in human kindness.

[loosely modelled this on Walt Whitman”s When I heard the Learn’d Astronomer]

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