Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Atheism and agnosticism in 47 words

There is a fascinating poem in this week's Spectator magazine by Kathryn Simmonds:

The Unborn

mooch about and waste time
starting things they’ll never
finish. The next world
is nothing to them but shadows,
some don’t have patience
for any of that crap at all –

What, grass, they say waving
their wobbly arms, You mean
you actually believe in grass?


6 Comments:

Blogger Left-footer said...

This is brilliant. Thank you and God bless!

9:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thank you for posting this, but
I am not sure I understand it...or your title. Why did you say it was agnosticism and atheism?

I read it more as 'undecided' - or, rather without taking a stand in any way. It's a weird poem, nonetheless, as poems are.... any light anyone can throw on this would be welcome.

Thanks

Failed Poet

12:06 PM  
Blogger Left-footer said...

I took it to be an analogy: just as the unborn child has no conception of the world outside the womb, so the living agnostic cannot accept the idea of an afterlife.

1:26 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

What Lett-Footer said. Undecided' might be better. Perhaps I used 'atheism and agnosticism' to provoke a response.

1:55 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Maybe it refers to the grass in Chesterton's 'By the Babe Unborn': http://www.cse.dmu.ac.uk/~mward/gkc/books/unborn.txt

6:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Aaah, now I understand. Thankyou, all. It does, now make sense. Brilliant.

No wonder I am a ...

Failed Poet

7:19 PM  

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