NATURAL THEOLOGY
God is a lichen
God grows on the bare rockfaces of high mountains
God survives immersion in liquid air
God flourishes in Saharan rainlessness
God is a symbiosis of fungus and algae
God feeds on light, dust and the rockface
On Mars he drinks from microscopic ice crystals drifting
in the atmosphere
Astronomers dispute the shades of his colours: near black,
dull green, browns and reds
This lichenous God is a far cry (Eli Eli) from little men
with three heads and telepathic antennae
Stop Press suggests he may be only the dust and ash from
volcanic eruptions borne on the prevailing wind
Dissipated and throatless dry bone
He has forgotten forgetting and thinks he is immortal

Published in The Hibbert Journal, Autumn 1964