“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 

Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters… 

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”


Before there was color,

there was darkness. And

then rays of yellow, gold,

the light’s time separated by a glowing orb of silver.


The horizon parted the roiling

waters, hemmed in by the newly

christened land. Green peppered

the landscape, flourishing.


Time began.


Fish swam through the liquid

salt, birds flew along the blue backdrop,

animals strolled the earth

looking for their mate.


And one surrounded by this fresh world,

without his pair. But,

there was an apple tree.

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One Response to “Genesis”

  1. rdearbor Says:

    The title of the poem works well to introduce the subject succinctly. The poem has a nice and logical progression of the seven days of creation. I think the poem could be more interesting if you played with the line breaks a bit by incorporating more enjambment, particularly in the second stanza, as the lines are all end-stopped. That being said, I think the line “Time began” being its own stanza was a good decision and works really well. The ending was also great in that it alludes to the story of Adam and Eve without outright saying that Adam was the one “without his pair.”

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