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Nine Out of Ten Americans Claim to Believe in God
And the one out of ten
that doesnít
canít help but wonder
why protons and neutrons
and electrons do the things they do.

Surely, he whispers
into the night sky
something made them like that.

Surely, he thinks
at the end of the road
there may not be a god
but maybe
before passing into the nothingness
heíll know
the very secret

the answer to why there is something
instead of nothing.
The answer to why
heís tread this planet
worn through shoes
broke hearts
hurt himself
loved
laughed
traveled
stood in long lines
for things he never wanted to begin with
woke sweating and scared
feeling the very slow breakdown
of each dying cell

so that in the end heíll know the truth.
Because if we donít know the truth
if we just slip away
like so much air leaking from a slit tire
then, he wonders
what the hell was this all for?
May 2014
144
by Ally Malinenko