Opiate of the People

Freud has lots to say about religion
most of it not too flattering
          neurotic relic
          illusion
          infantile
dismissed with a stroke of his oedipal pen
as though religion competes with science
a god of gaps with gaps closing fast
divine intervention no longer needed to explain
eclipses, black holes, the big bang
science encroaching on religion’s turf
until it is eclipsed (not repressed)
in a Freudian second

We will never know
god is not a Higgs boson
four billion dollars and ten thousand
scientists will never discover god
in a seventeen mile tunnel
under Geneva, Switzerland
evidence of god will not be found
sifting through collision data
gathered at the rate of ten
million events per second

And would we want to know
I prefer a world with
gods and goddesses
Buddhas and bodhisattvas
dancing on heads of proverbial pins
deities dismissing Freud as too dismal
not giving a damn about the meaning
of dreams or a flying fuck about
wanting sex with your mother
all too cerebral for celestial beings
celebrating a gapless life
ignoring Freud bleating
in the background




About the Author:
Claire Scott is an award winning poet who has published in numerous literary magazines. She was nominated for the 2014 Pushcart Prize and was a semi-finalist for the Pangaea Prize. Her work has been or will appear in Garbanzo, Epiphany, Trivia, Red Savina Review, Poetry Quarterly, First Day Press, OVS, Foliate Oak and China Grove among others. Claire is a winner of the Arizona State Poetry Society 2013 Annual Poetry Contest. Her forthcoming first collection of poems, Waiting to be Called, will be published by IFSF Publishing in March of 2015. A book of poetry and photography co-authored with her sister Joan Scott will be published in the fall of 2015.