the Dao of Atheism :jeffers' petroglyph, pre-dakota, minnesota : the Shaman Atheist 80/81


A small land
with small groups of people
using horses instead of cars
plows instead of tractors,
themselves and their families attached,
dying on the land rather than leave it.

Ships never boarded, airplanes never sat in,
missiles never aimed, guns never loaded.

Ribbons around fingers to remind us
instead of newspapers
simple talk
simple food
simple clothing
simple fireplace
simple work

Imagine growing up and dying
hearing the neighbors' dogs and chickens and cows
but never
having been

You are called at times to help.
You are afraid of anything.
You regard nothing as sacred.
You go anywhere and nowhere.
You are different from other people
because you know something about yourself.
You are a fool.

Atheism is flexible.
It is not self-important.
It is funny, too.
It has its tricksters
that combine opposites in new combinations.

The shaman atheist does not care for concepts
or definitions or thinking about or ...
at the same time
atheism defines the beginning
the root of the world
models the basic ethic
of balance to imbalance.

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