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God and I Have a Brief Affair

When I was 6 I thought I was Muslim
I drew a picture of God and his family
His mother his wife his son his daughter-in-law
They were all fat and happy and ghost like with red cheeks
Rip it to pieces and throw it in the trash
God had no wife
God had no mother
God had no children
God must have been very lonely

When I was 8 I decided to be Christian
Celebrate Christmas, go to Church
My husband would be handsome, we'd have two kids and a dog
Who would look for hidden eggs on Easter
So I went to Church one day and admired the sealing,
The splendor of golden Jesus in all his pain,
The singing of incredibly dull tunes
And decided I would become a priest
But I was a girl and I was told girls could not be priests
Girls could not be bishops or popes
But they could still come to church and admire the ceiling  

At age 9 I discovered Buddhism and stuck with it for a month or two
Although I was not very sure what it was really about
I meditated while I thought about the Sun
By the age of 10 I was an Atheist, one of the only ones in my class
I still attended religion classes and asked hundreds of questions
And no answer seemed to satisfy me

At the age of 16, I'm a believer
I believe in the smell of salty skin in the sun, in boat city tours and spicy foods
I believe in unmade beds and red tulips and lipstick that you eat off your lips during the day
I believe in broccoli soup and poking your finger into the melted part of a candle
In men with funny mustaches and blueberries that are unnaturally large and
Long, wet walks in the autumn that get your shoes dirty
At the age of 16 I am a believer and

I'm still an atheist

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God and I Have a Brief Affair


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