POEM: Unsatisfying Kiss

A philosopher trying to ascertain God’s existence
Is like a man trying to kiss himself
And even less satisfying

This short poem is simply a poetic attempt to get at the chasm of difference between speaking about God and actually experiencing God.  Because talk of God can be esoteric, even academic, it is even less fruitful than speaking of the many wonderful things of a more palpable nature in God’s good creation; for instance, food.  At least speaking about food more reliably makes one hungry.  Speaking about God carries many down unsatisfying paths.  I like St. Francis’ pronouncement: preach the gospel [good news] at all times, speaking if necessary.  Such a life lived provides a taste of God’s goodness, and a taste is a so much better tease anyway than a food fight…

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