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I Mourn The Atheist Soul

by Mike Loftis

I bow my head I shed my tears
I mourn the atheist soul
He who thinks these fleeting years
define existence whole
To live his days then die at last
returning to the dirt
with no hope nor care of Heaven then
gives cause my heart to hurt
No thoughts of life eternal
He will die in disbelief
My own soul sorely burdened
His destiny, my grief
I pray that I could find the words
to lead him to the fold
so he might pass through Heaven’s gate
and walk the streets of gold
This prayer I pray unceasingly
My tears I’ll not control
Until he calls upon the Lord
I mourn the atheist soul

mike loftis


Posted on 10/23/2004
Copyright © 2022 Mike Loftis

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Melissa Arel on 10/23/04 at 11:57 PM

This is exceptional.. and well-put! A beautiful poem in mourning, Mike. Awesome job!

Posted by JD Clay on 10/25/04 at 03:19 AM

I share in your sentiment, Mike, your love of poetry is second only to your compassion. Pe4ce...

Posted by Mary Ellen Smith on 10/25/04 at 03:30 AM

The most fatal decision one can make is not to decide to believe in the Living God. Your poem is truely one of mourning.

Posted by Alex Smyth on 10/25/04 at 05:30 PM

Heh heh, poor atheist. He does as he pleases and pays for all eternity, while the professed can do the same and beg clemency:o) Makes for a less troublesome trip to the grave, I guess. I LOVE rhyme, and the flo on this one is excellent!

Posted by Lori Johnson on 10/25/04 at 05:55 PM

I beg to differ Alex. But this is not the time or place. LOL
I share your sentiment, Mike. It is a sad, sad truth.

Posted by Kenneth Lau on 10/26/04 at 12:11 AM

Very nice :) I think my favorite thing about it is the lack of talk about flames and the such. Focuses more on what the Atheist is missing than the unpleasantries he might be facing. And yes, it has a wonderful flow to it as well. I love how poetic prayer is.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 10/27/04 at 02:42 PM

Wonderfully evangelistic. Solid message. To live and die without Hope is just incomprehensible to me! The atheist is to be indeed prayed for and not scoffed at! Christ also died for him/her!

Posted by Kate Demeree on 10/27/04 at 02:53 PM

Mike I love it... it shows heart, passion, and a deeper love of man than I have seen in a long time.

Posted by Christina Bruno on 11/04/04 at 11:45 PM

great prayer with perfect patterns

Posted by Glenn Currier on 11/08/04 at 10:26 PM

I salute your compassion and feel joy in the comfort and inspiration you find in your own faith. Sometimes it is difficult to see those around us suffering in their own darkness, isn't it? Lovely poem, Mike.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 12/04/04 at 03:20 AM

Amen brother. You're preaching to the choir at this end of rock.

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 10/02/07 at 11:02 AM

there is much to feel in this powerfully expressed piece, Mike. I oft sit on park benches strewn along the Elysian fields and ponder this very notion. who or what am I, if I am not of a gentler and kinder and more powerful hand than mine?

Posted by Tony Whitaker on 10/11/07 at 10:09 PM

I too mourn the atheist soul and am moved by this compelling and wonderful read!

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 02/20/08 at 02:01 PM

Read this again and respond the same! Oh, that a lost world (men and women, young people) would see the light of the gospel!

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 03/03/09 at 02:03 PM

Although I do not share your views (my daughter is an Atheist and a wonderful young woman), this is a great write.

Posted by Carol Grant on 08/04/10 at 04:46 AM

Everyone can have ones beliefs. Even an athiest.Didn't your god give all choice? Don't mourn for those of us who choose a different road than the christian one. We could mourn for you also. As for the poetry written here, good form, fluid and well thought out.

Posted by Amie Golda on 08/03/12 at 06:09 AM

I can relate...well put and wish I had as much courage and compassion at you. Mostly I'm just frustrated about this and sad.

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