ILLUSION

God and I in space alone
   And nobody else in view.
"And where are the people, O Lord," I said,
"The earth below, and the sky o'er head
   And the dead whom once I knew?"

"That was a dream," God smiled and said,
   "A dream that seemed to be true.
There were no people, living or dead,
There was no earth, and no sky o'er head
   There was only myself - in you."

"Why do I feel no fear," I asked,
   "Meeting you here this way,
For I have sinned I know full well,
And is there heaven, and is there hell,
   And is this the judgment day?"

"Nay, those were but dreams," the Great God said,
   "Dreams, that have ceased to be.
There are no such things as fear or sin,
There is no you - you never have been -
   There is nothing at all but ME."

"Yet so strong was the urge that I arose, went to my desk, and took up my pen and began to write. I was perfectly conscious, yet my mortal brain certainly had nothing to do with what my pen wrote down. It was as if some one thought for me. I watched my hand form the words with interest, as I would have watched a friend write. This is the poem which came under those peculiar conditions. It is the only experience of the kind which ever befell me. And oddly enough, it is the only one of my thousands of verses which I was ever able completely memorize and never forget. Whoever wrote it through me helps me to recall it."

The Worlds and INew York: George II Doran Company, [c1918] p. 112.


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