Treasure Island

Danny Draper

(14 July 1963 / Kiama, New South Wales, Australia)

A blessing for secular humanists


I will walk or fall, but always
I will be strong
relying on myself, or
In times of trouble
call to union
The power
Of my siblings.
I will be empowered in unity
With woman and man
And seek dignity
From diversity in all of humanity.
I will be humble and diminished
In acceptance
Of the mighty awe of Nature,
And offer great care and deference,
Appreciating fully my
fragile and tenuous existence,
at Gaia's pleasure.

I offer compassion to the needy
without agenda,
I despise tolerance
as it is thinly veiled hatred.

I do not hate who I am,
I do not loathe or pity
the splendid joy of being human,
I am not weak
I am me.

Do not mistake
my compassion for weakness,
I am inherent strength, with a
generosity, gratis from self.

I have an unyielding capacity
To live my life my way,
With love and care and ethics
I don't have room for hate.

I cannot subscribe to your 'sin',
we live and love and make mistakes
and are by our actions answerable,
and each must accept responsibility.

I have no need
for heirachical entitlement,
and no need for institutionalised fear
disguised as love.

I have no need to suppress and hate
and control, the minds and lives of
others, to hold power over them,
I have no gender agenda.

I am not that weak and insecure
and lacking self respect
to desire to dictate to others
a universal dogma for life.

So much more can be achieved
As equals in partnership
In cooperation and friendship,
Forget the dread and fear.

Leave me alone and I will
Grow into the time I have
And one day return
To the universe
With no threat of
eternal subjugation, as reward for
buying fear and condescension.
I will love and accept
And always grow
To embrace
And immerse
The light e'er expanding,
Seeking truth and wisdom,
Knowledge from fact, and
Beauty as a vital essence
With freedom
To become
A hearts desire,
To dream unfettered
And in all things grow, with
Love,
Indefatigable
Invincible,
Unquenchable.

Liberty of heart
and mind to choose
Without coercion,
Where one may dwell
And expand and reach,
Free of molestation
And bigotry.

I believe each individual
Will be free.

I believe in me
And above all else
I believe in you
And a future
Free to grow,
And be.

Where Love,
true love,
With its molten
volcanic heart,
And Big Bang
Radiance, will
guide us on.


Danny Draper 30/10/2012

Submitted: Monday, October 29, 2012

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  • Lyn Paul (1/13/2014 6:21:00 AM)

    Such beautiful words, humane, honest and knowing just who you are. This in itself is a true blessing. Thank you Danny and hope you have recovered. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Patrick (3/4/2013 8:12:00 PM)

    This was a ravishingly delightful read that epitomizes my idea of existence; this is the Model of secular humanist and the thoughtful man. Stellar work (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (2/19/2013 1:03:00 PM)

    i do not hand out numerical scores, but i would not disagree with the average score of 10 (with three votes) that i see next to this poem. i have added this poet and poem to my lists. i have messaged previously with at least four of the five poets who commented here before me. i am glad they have seen a blessing for secular humanists. i would say i too am a s.h. bri (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (2/19/2013 12:57:00 PM)

    Danny, WOW! NOT succinct, in fact quite LONG, but wow, wow, wow. and no typos that i detected! you get extra points from me for that. and i think i understand it. rather idealistic....for others to follow at least....most others. i bet you are a nice person to be around. i liked, especially, GENDer aGENDa. and i did NOT miss rhyming, though i thrive on rhyming in my poems usually. congratulations on your thoughts and words. bri (Report) Reply

  • Douglas Scotney (12/20/2012 5:11:00 AM)

    a fine testament questioning many mores, new and old, and to be often revisited in part or in whole.
    a great companion to the King poem. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (11/5/2012 5:38:00 AM)

    You have beautifully summarized (eloborated) your humanistic credo of life! Live and let live is the best policy, believing in you as well as in others! ! Wonderful write! (Report) Reply

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