BEYOND THE MYTH
Let’s say there is no Heaven and no Hell
but just a myth devised to make us good;
nor yet an Eden where our forebears fell,
reminding us of how we always should
comport ourselves with true obedience
to those Commandments by which all may live
in loving concord with a common sense
of dignity, and willing to forgive.
And yet such stories serve to illustrate
a vision of how humans should behave
if we would grow into the full estate
of our humanity and finally save
ourselves from failings that we would despise
once waking up and growing wholly wise.