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Before religion came to man
and took away his brain,
he could ride high on sweet success
and blame himself for pain.

He cherished all the thoughts he held
and balanced good and ill,
and knowing it was ‘up to him’
he valued his free will.

Then sometime, somewhere, in his mind
he learned a better way
finding comfort in a freedom
where free will would never pay

For now implanted in his mind
acceptance was his game,
as God decreed the way things were,
he trusted in his name.

Now joy and pleasure must be gifts
it’s not for us to choose,
I fear that in religion
more than ‘free will’ we all lose.

Unless of course the God you trust
is just like you and me
and needs a little help at times
to let our souls soar free.

Ivor G Davies

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