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Topic: EMBARRASS(ED) (11/03/16)
TITLE: One Standing Tall, One Feeling Small
By vincent lyons
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Before a class of transfixed youth;
Darwin’s conjectures he advanced
Advocated random chance,
And convinced them this was truth.
Most accepted all he said
Without evidence or proof,
He postulated ‘God was dead’,
That men had been for years misled—
The Bible was a toxic spoof.
Then at the rear a student rose
And declared his faith in God,
At his temerity I froze—
No place to hide, my unease showed—
I sunk chagrined and overawed.
The science professor, unimpressed,
Declared his horror and contempt—
How dare some zealot to suggest
An alternative as here professed—
He would suffer no dissent.
He held him up to ridicule
He quoted from the ‘qualified’
Suggested one must be a fool
With understanding minuscule—
The boy took it in his stride.
He kept his poise and took his seat
When professor ceased to vent;
Quiet, courageous, without conceit,
His witness left me bittersweet,
Ashamed of my embarrassment.
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