Poem: The Agnostic

The Hospital Bed

By Dave Hood

In a room painted white as the light of eternity,
a sturdy bedside table stands with a comforting radio,
glass vase filled with water, three yellow tulips
delivered as a gift of hope by a loving daughter.

Spring sunshine streams through a window,
illuminating the pale face of an elderly man,
wrapped in white sheets, lying in a hospital bed,
listening to Gorecki’s symphony No. 3—-
“Sorrowful Song.”

A learned, full-time agnostic, skeptical of anything
that couldn’t  be proven by logic or reason,
the elderly man now terrified of what might become
of his soul,
shuts his eyes, begins weeping, then praying—
making a request for an “end” to his bodily agony,
mental torment, forgiveness for his lifelong doubt.

Advertisements

About Dave Hood

Lover of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction. Professional photographer and writer. Without the arts, life would be rather mundane, like a walk down the same old path on a dull day.
This entry was posted in Agnosticism, Poetry, The Agnostic and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s