What I Am Not
WHAT I’M NOT.
I’m not a Christian or a Jew,
not Islamic nor a Dru.
I’m not a Buddhist or Tendai,
Sikh or Hindu or Baha’i.
I’m not a person so naïve
that I would easily believe.
I am not inclined to follow
belief systems that ring hollow.
I’m not a one to join such things
with all the hassle that it brings.
I’m not about to sell my soul
so someone else can take control.
What I’m not about to do
is believe their point of view.
I am not likely to give way
to the things these people say.
I am not the type of guy
to ask of other’s questions why.
I don’t take answers off-the-shelf
when I can find them for myself.
What I’m not is gullible
even though I’m fallible.
I know full-well when things feel wrong
and then I will not string along.
I’m not blind to what I’ve seen
in the world’s religious scene.
Outrageously they’ve been used for
making and maintaining war.
So I am not at all inclined
to let religion rule my mind.
I won’t pretend I’ve got a lot
but I’ll defend what I am not.
B. Withers 2012