Garden Party for Atheists
(Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Accept Nihilism)

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Who then to anchor right from wrong?”
The hoary madman’s blood stains mock;
No vorpal sponge can swab their song.

Stabbed in this naked light I saw
Ten thousand Übermenschen scream,
“Renounce your native neon law
And I shall sell you Eden’s dream.”

But it’s all right, this frumious day;
I learned its silent lesson well:
You can’t please every Houyhnhnm’s neigh,
So drift on free, or suit yourself.

Ed Morris, 2022

(Words, phrases, and imagery taken or adapted from Garden Party by Ricky Nelson, Dr. Strangelove directed by Stanley Kubrick, Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll, The Parable of the Madman and Thus Spake Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche, The Sound of Silence by Paul Simon, and Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift.)

This page copyright © 2022 Edward A. Morris.  Created June 10, 2022.  Last updated June 14, 2022.

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