awe is in the human eye

Awe is in the human eye –
the atheist ecstatic
beneath a starry sky
no more or less floored
[as with sunset or sunrise]
than the pious nun
gazing through the window
of her cloister cell.

I’d pray – if I prayed –
for her joy to be less
truncated – ammended – circumsribed
by threats of satan and of hell.

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