I’m a Perceiver

I’m a Perceiver

I’m a Perceiver

Not a Believer


I do not worship

At the altar of idols or ideals

Superhumans or conceptions of perfection

That have no place in real life

Except as archetypal myths

That signpost the limits of our travels


Rather, I worship

At the hearth of what comes naturally

Through my sense and sensibility

In sight, sounds, smell, taste, touch and balance

Along with feelings of joy, pain, need, fear, calm, excitement and irritation

All combined in my bodily experience

As I learn what is and isn’t possible

What is and isn’t reasonable

In the world of my imagination


Those are the grounds of my faith

In my self and yours

As natural inclusions of life in love

And love in life

Energetic flux and spatial stillness

In receptive & responsive relationship

Not solitary figure(s)

Etched in everlasting stone


If this faith singles me out

From the vast majority

Then, so be it

Despite the irony

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Alan Rayner

Alan Rayner

Alan Rayner is an evolutionary ecologist, writer and artist, who is pioneering the philosophy of natural inclusion