An atom smasher and cathedral ceiling
looked similar when pictured side by side,
and this instilled in me a certain feeling
that they, in spite of differences, are tied,
related in some sense though not the same:
each affirming things that can’t be seen,
with probing or with reverence the aim,
to find how things are made or what they mean.
Some now believe the church is obsolete,
that physics tells us all we need to know.
Its picture, though, can never be complete,
and in a church I seek what it can’t show:
We’re smashing tiny particles at CERN,
but God is something science can’t discern.


Mario A. Pita

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