The grizzled old skeptics of Australia
are well in decline. Their progeny
is better educated, more urbane, broader,
but the underlying skepticism still has agency.
Their wives are more sympathetic, which opens their minds,
they welcome new perspectives from abroad;
the prospects for God are rising
in places, but for many, God remains an empty word.
What will incline them?
Penetrating words, lofty song, patience, tragedy?
When will heaven come down to earth with a greater Amen,
a wider affirmation?

Reg Naulty