I jumped out of my bed this morning and went around searching for my old book of classic poetry and I came across a King James bible a friend gave to me at least two years back. And the most poetic, sweetest, most controversial stanza woke me up faster than a hot cup of java…
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”(Genesis 1:1-2 KJV)
I read somewhere once that the term poem is something like a dance. It is lyrical, it moves, and it conveys a message.
All through the years I have read Genesis and never had I felt such an emotional punch than I did this morning.
Some Devices Used
- A sense of order
To be honest, I am not so sure that the purported writer Moses wanted this to be read as poem but I can dream, right? But when I read “the face of the deep”-comparing the black sea of void with a person’s face(metaphor), I am in a state of awe imagining the Creator kissing His creation. It is black and formless but He can see its potential.
And because of this formless place and the love from the Spirit of God blessing it, it evokes a sense of awe and controversy. A kind of order is established:
God created…the earth was without form and dark…Darkness was on the face of the deep…and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
It reads like the tango and requires a partner to lead and God leads in this formation and for centuries and forever on end, these two small verses can separate friendships, families and creates extremely heated debates in science and theology courses.
What do I think?
The foundation for life and poetry begins here. What are your thoughts- and have you found any poetic pieces in an ancient text? What have you discovered?