Poem 176 – Do not, They Said

God hath pronounced it death to taste that tree

Milton, Paradise Lost, Book IV, 427

Do not! They said, love not like that
Seek not such pleasures as those.
Why not? I said, I love as well
As all who love not as I.
For God, they said, has said ’tis death
To do as you do in his sight.
But why, said I, should I obey
Blindly, with no reason for why?
For good, they said, is to do as asked
By God, most mighty of all.
For force? I said, ’tis no reason at all
I’ll damn God as he damns I.


Dear readers,

Today’s poem is somewhat more contemporary than many of my others after Milton. It outlines my thought of a great deal of traditional theology – claims are made with no reason given. This does not always mean that they are bad ideas, but it is a good indicator if no reason can be given. In the case heavily implied, I do not believe there is a good reason to say ‘do not’. If there is one, do let me know – surprise me.

Best wishes,

The Hapless Neo-Romantic

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