Wednesday, November 23, 2011

"predawn," part six of "The Volcano and the Covenant" by Alicia Suskin Ostriker

6. predawn

ruach, ruach, the language to say it
ruach, ruach, wind, spirit, breath
spirit of god on the deep’s face
spirit of god moved on the face
of the deep, spirit

spirit was moving, spirit was moving
ruach elohim
the face of the deep waters moved
first it was dark darkness was on it
the face of the deep darkness was upon it
then the spirit came the wind came
the breath came and it moved

it moved, the breath came
and it moved
ruach it


what did the stars do
the stars sang for joy
what did the hills do
they leaped like young rams

what does the day do
it tells the next day
what does the night do
whisper to the next night

what shall I do

Source of the text – Alicia Suskin Ostriker, the volcano sequence.  Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002, p. 99.

Bourguignomicon: Creation-aubade. The wind-of-God meets face-of-the-deep, luxuriating in the dark waters & King James sounds of Gen 1:2, ending in questions.

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