Magazine | December 17, 2018, Issue

Poetry

The sun sets behind a cloud as people cool off with a walk along an ocean pier in Oceanside, Calif. July 5, 2018. (Mike Blake/Reuters)

FACING THE CITY

Panpsychism (believed in by those who know
What particle physics is but are uneasy
With “Big Bang” as a search term) has its limits
I suspect, but you must admit its grandeur
As an indispensable myth; and as a fictional
Label for a dream factory, its worthiness
To stand alongside Monumental Pictures;
A name to be reckoned with, to circle the globe
Beyond even the bounds of Christendom.
But when the world is paganized, who will be
Charged, as Jonah was, with warning it to repent?
And where will he flee, when he finds that he fears
Man more than God, and the idols made by men
Even more, another deracinated thinker
Thrown overboard; then realizing as he sinks
Into the terrible jaws of the sea that, in truth,
He only feared what they might think of him;
There are things worse than facing Nineveh.

Lawrence Dugan — Lawrence Dugan’s poems have appeared in Chronicles, First Things, Image, Modern Age, and National Review.

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