The One

I do not worship your God

or pay alms to your church.

I worship in temples, woodlands

and caves. I pray to the Maker

while bathed in rushing waters.

I sing to the master of the universe

while clothed in sage brush and

pine trees. I dream of gods that

dreamed of a primordial lab of

thinking mud. I have thoughts of gods

devouring gods in unspeakable raptures.

I worship them only to worship the One.

The unnamed. The unspoken.

The unthought of. The supreme distance.

The reality of reality. The Lord of Lords.

The King of Kings. The Queen of Queens.

The Tao. The Awakened One.

The risen One. The dead ones

who praise her name in his holy voice.

The One.

George Cassidy Payne

Rochester, NY


Photo by George Cassidy Payne

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