The Creation by David Chorlton

Everything looks clear enough

in the text selected for the oratorio

where the beginning seemed to be spontaneous

with darkness on the face of the waters

and all it took

was to say what came next:

………………………..light,

a firmament, some storms, and with a hand’s

demanding wave dry land. After the appearance

of grass, the situation became

more complex

…………….as a food chain

had to be established. After Heaven,

a lyre, some angels and harps,

eventually the earthworms,

crept in long dimension

while the heavy beasts like thunder

trod the ground above them.

There was always more:

………………………the ibex

balancing on a shadow’s

edge; Birds-of-Paradise

with feathers that blossom; wolves

whose voices polish the stars.

…………………………………And a vein of copper

glowing at the center of the world,

inaccessible to all

but the most destructive of gods.

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