I've been recieving comments from athiests who claim that, contrary to what they believe my poem said, their lives are perfectly whole and happy without God, and that I obviously have no ida what I'm talking about.
By some bizarre coincedence neither of these reviewers have left their e-mail addresses behind, so as I am unable to correct them in person I can only state the facts here and hope that people who read this poem afterwards will understand.
First of all, not all of the lines apply to one single person. The emphasis on the dark and the despair of the poem is because the MAJORITY of the poems I read written by athiests on the subject of God deal with the question "Why does God let bad things happen to me?" The line in 20 Ways "I'll take what you thought / About my not being there" or "I'll take your accusement / That I don't exist" might be the only ones that apply to you as a non-believer, but that doesn't mean the rest of the poem does. Just because this poem centers on the pain in some people's lives doesn't represent athiests as a whole, regardless of the implications.
Second, it might be said that the poem is referring to the pain and suffering in the rest of the world, which I've found is a common athieistic belief; that God lets horrible things happen to the rest of the world. It might not even be referring to you as an individual.
Obviously I am not so close-minded as to believe all non-believers are angsty, dark souls waiting to be 'saved', and since this could easily be construed as a misunderstanding I am not going to apologize for any assumptions you might have made about this poem and its meaning. But I hope this clarified things a bit.
Well, there you have it. If you still think I'm an ignorant fool, feel free to e-mail me in the usual place.