What do you Believe?

I was somewhat taken aback
by the old man in my path,
who looked me in the eye
and had the nerve to ask:

What do you believe?

What will you stand for,
what will you die for,
or, perhaps more importantly,
what will you live for?

Do you believe in the man
who preaches from the pulpit,
or in the one who shed His blood,
breathed his last and said it is done?

Do you believe in might or your way as right,
in the power of love to overcome hate
or that evil will win if good men
refuse to fight.

Perhaps your belief is in a passive stance,
with the belief that a refusal to stand
will cause the other to back down,
and confrontation itself is where to lay the blame.

Do you believe your neighbor will come to your aid,
or that you will comfort them in time of need,
when neither you, nor they,
have ever named the other friend?

Do you put your faith in political leaders
and those in power, trusting in them
to do what is just and to put aside
their own self interest?

What is it? What is the one thing?
Is it family? Spouse, parent, child?
Maybe it is God, or at least his Book.
Or are you holding out hope for your fellow man?

What is it? What is the thing in which
you have not doubt? Can you name it?
Can you explain it? Do you show it with a passion
which others see? Can you make them believe?

I was stopped in my tracks
by the old man in my path,
who looked me in the eye
and had the nerve to ask,

What do you believe?
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One response to “What do you Believe?

  1. I couldn’t answer either. You’ve summed up all the dichotomies of modern life.

Some of what I write is true, some is fiction; most is merely possibility.

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