The Religious-Irreligious Friendship

Stevie SmithI. AN AGNOSTIC
(of his religious friend)

He often gazes on the air
And sees quite plain what is not there
Peopling the wholesome void with horrid shapes
Which he manoeuvres in religious japes.
And yet he is more gracious than I,
He has such a gracious personality.

II. RELIGIOUS MAN
(of his agnostic friend)

He says that religious thought and all our nerviness
Is because of the great shock it was for all of us
Long, long ago when animal turned human being
Which is more than enough to account for everything…
And yet he is more gracious than I,
He has such a gracious personality.

— Stevie Smith
In Me Again

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