Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

Not the Truman Show

Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

Not the Truman Show

Article excerpt

for Duane Jeffery

Imagine a world with labels on the leaves,

fossilized scripture in compacted dust,

"God Made" on hooves-where everyone believes

not out of hope or faith, but because they must.

We'd have Everest and oceans, but here and there

Heaven's "product placements," coyly displayed.

Nature would be a warning, not a dare.

We'd be awed and cowed by turns-but mostly afraid.

Instead, we get dinos, billions of years,

Australia, plate tectonics, Sanskrit, yurts,

chimp DNA, vestigial gills at our ears-

Mom Earth, with sweets and secrets up her skirts,

herself existent, leaving room for doubt,

our stage unstaged, where life and death play out.

R. A. (ROBERT ALAN) CHRISTMAS {rachristmas@gmail.com} has a BA from Stanford, MA from UC-Berkeley, and a PhD from USC, all in English. …

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