In the beginning
I the beginning was the word
Floating silently over water
Unspoken and unheard.
Wind started to move
Forced word down to touch water.
She was immersed, submerged,
Began sinking, absorbed water,
Became pregnant and gave birth
To thought. He struggled to breathe
Swam to the surface, looked
For earth. To his relief, he found
A beach, grew limbs, started to walk.
Grew feathers, started to fly.
Developed eyes, saw fire in the sky.
He grew hungry, consumed
All he saw until his belly heavy,
Sore, split open and snake-like
Sentences emerged, writhing
With verbs. They slithered
Off over land, back into sea,
Swallowed what was left of word,
Gnawed back into thought,
Multiplied and fought,
Developed forked tongues,
Spoke sibilantly, encircled all.
This then is how paradise began
And we inherited the universe.
Harald Edwin Pfeffer 16-7-2018