In the Begining

    April 1999            
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By James Vasquez

When things first came to be God made,
The heavens by his might,
To rule wherever we might gaze,
In glorious, shimmering light.

He flung their sparkling hosts afar,
That e’er our gaze, enthralled,
A grand Creator’s hand would know,
Behind those diamonds sprawled.

And earth then he decreed appear,
Quite formless, void and dark,
And o’er its waters hovered high,
His Spirit’s brooding arc.

And there was light by his command,
And darkness by his will,
He set apart the two for aye,
They keep their places still.

The sky divided waters, then,
As God did cleave the sea,
Above, beneath the firmament,
When things first came to be.

And land he next so kindly formed,
To nurture field and wood,
And when, beholding what he’d done,
He paused and called it good.

And plants to bear their seed God made,
Lush trees to yield their fruit,
And then all kinds of bush and flower,
That every where took root.

Now seasons, days and years God marked,
Conferring night and day,
A greater light by day to reign,
By night a lesser ray.

And waters void of living things,
At his behest were filled,
As creatures sprung to life throughout,
Just as he firmly willed.

And birds he fitted then that they,
Above the earth should fly,
Where each by kind might wing across,
The great expanse of sky.

The land he then regarded for,
In truth he’d ne’er forgot,
It soon was host to countless beasts,
And to its borders fraught.

And animals of every kind,
The ones that shook the ground,
And those of wild temperament,
In every place were found,

And some that crawled and some that ran,
And some that waddled, too,
While others simply munched the grass,
And lay a while to chew.

And so God’s handiwork appeared,
In glorious harmony,
And once again he thought it good,
When things first came to be.

But God was not yet satisfied,
As if within he felt,
A need there was for something still,
As if alone he dwelt.

He then, consulting with himself,
A declaration posed,
That for all time in heav’n and earth,
His love for us disclosed,

"Now let us in our image make,
True man that he might reign,
O’er every creature we have made,
Throughout the earth’s domain.

"Be fruitful now," he said to them,
"And let your kind abound,
Subduing fish and bird and beast,
That moves upon the ground."

And thus both man and woman were,
Of moral conscience free,
That in God’s likeness they might live,
When things first came to be.

He gave them seed of every kind,
And fruitful trees as well,
That each in season might assist,
Their hunger to dispel.

And plants of varied sort were giv’n,
So creatures, one and all,
That had the breath of life might eat,
The mighty and the small.

And so it was when God resolved,
All things to bring to light,
E’er since they’ve owed their nature to,
His wisdom and his might.

And God beheld the stars above,
Each earthly plain and wood,
And smiled for all he saw and then,
Pronounced it very good.

And by a seventh day his work,
Complete by each decree,
God rested from his labors, thus,
Did all things come to be.


from the April 1999 Edition of the Jewish Magazine

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