(20 September 1902 – 7 March 1971 / Kingston upon Hull)


We believe in Marxfreudanddarwin.
We believe everything is OK
as long as you don't hurt anyone,
to the best of your definition of hurt,
and to the best of your knowledge.

We believe in sex before during
and after marriage.
We believe in the therapy of sin.
We believe that adultery is fun.
We believe that sodomy's OK
We believe that taboos are taboo.

We believe that everything's getting better
despite evidence to the contrary.
The evidence must be investigated.
You can prove anything with evidence.

We believe there's something in horoscopes,
UFO's and bent spoons;
Jesus was a good man just like Buddha
Mohammed and ourselves.
He was a good moral teacher although we think
his good morals were bad.

We believe that all religions are basically the same,
at least the one that we read was.
They all believe in love and goodness.
They only differ on matters of
creation sin heaven hell God and salvation.

We believe that after death comes The Nothing
because when you ask the dead what happens
they say Nothing.
If death is not the end, if the dead have lied,
then it's compulsory heaven for all
excepting perhaps Hitler, Stalin and Genghis Khan.

We believe in Masters and Johnson.
What's selected is average.
What's average is normal.
What's normal is good.

We believe in total disarmament.
We believe there are direct links between
warfare and bloodshed.
Americans should beat their guns into tractors
and the Russians would be sure to follow.

We believe that man is essentially good.
It's only his behaviour that lets him down.
This is the fault of society.
Society is the fault of conditions.
Conditions are the fault of society.

We believe that each man must find the truth
that is right for him.
Reality will adapt accordingly.
The universe will readjust. History will alter.
We believe that there is no absolute truth
excepting the truth that there is no absolute truth.

We believe in the rejection of creeds.

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Comments (12)

Miss Smith proves a valid point, let not judge upon others or be judged upon yourself, I admit my culpability in this myself, to dismiss a person on some grounds of predisposed judgment is, flawed but oh so human. Miss Smith proves a good writer as well as modern sermon. Read this for myself for future reference.
For some reason I fixated on her name and then deduced her poems would be of the light humorous kind.... teach me to make assumptions based on really silly basis. She was definitely able to delve deep into philosophical, spiritual, and human topics!
It is clear that Stevie Smith thought that love can purify the souls. This poem is a wonderful message. In Times Literary Supplement, it was written that Smith was able both to compass the pity and terror of her themes and to respond to them with rueful courage''. Voted 10.
People are both good and bad, but the secret of their transformation is held by the love that lives in their hearts. All the people need redemption because, by nature, our human condition involves a sinning process: “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3: 23) . The result is death. In her writings, Smith is fascinated by death. Jesus died on the cross in exchange for our life, died to be revived.
Stevie Smith, more exactly, Florence Margaret was an orphan because her father left the family to join the North Sea Patrol when she was a little girl and her mother died when she was a teenager. Together with her sister, she lived with an aunt. She develops ideas about fear and cruelty because she may have gone through dramatic experiences, but the Church of England which 'is evident in her poetry' makes her understand the essence of the human being.
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