creation

Summertime Freedom

Floating past slave bees
Painted ladies flutter by –
Summertime freedom

written in response to today’s RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge – “painted” and “lady”

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Sorrow for All

A world made for peace
Accursed by the pride of men
Sacrificed in greed
And the tears of our children
Foreshadow sorrow for all

written in response to this Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge #31 – ‘peace’ and ‘tear’

Made in God’s Image

Made in God’s image
A likeness of life’s Author
Creative by Word
Sculptor of reality
Envisions eternity

a partner piece to my earlier response to the Day 25 Na/GloPoWriMo2017 prompt at NaPoWriMo.net

Grey Matter

Inspired grey matter
Displays creative nature
By Divine design

written in response to today’s prompt at The Daily Post.

I’m English by the way. We spell it, “grey”.

From Harmony to Sacrilege

Original deep harmony
Fallen into discord
Sinful rebel homogeny
Disregarding God’s Word

Oppressive world hegemony
Promotes rich privilege
Merciless sociology
Man’s selfish sacrilege

written in response to today’s prompt at The Daily Post

The Land Remains Beautiful

Cursed after the fall
The land remains beautiful
Restoration signs

A new Heaven and new Earth
The hand of the Creator

To Adam he said, ‘Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, “You must not eat from it,” ‘Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life.
– Genesis 3:17

Then I saw ‘a new heaven and a new earth,’ for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.
– Revelation 21:1

written in response to this week’s RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt (Challenge #145) – “Beautiful” and “Curse”

Never Marduk’s Slaves #NaPoWriMo2017 #GloPoWriMo2017

Stolen away from their Promised Land
Yoked in captivity
Israel struggles to keep its faith
In Babylon’s tyranny

Enuma Elish raises up
Marduk: high creator
Their narrative, though, portrays no love:
Just poor mankind’s enslaver

Israel seeks comfort Heaven-sent
God to reveal His face
A designed and ordered universe
Hope for His human race

Hope in His pow’r and sovereignty
Care for every detail
Adoption as God’s family
A love which can never fail

No legion ‘gods’ in skies above –
But Light created at His Word
No ‘spirits’ in the earth below
But nature, with Yahweh as Lord

The Genesis account stands to affirm
Our origin as God said
Never created Marduk’s slaves
Always free men instead

The NapoWriMo.net prompt for day 19 of Na/GloPoWriMo is to write a poem that recounts a creation myth.

The Enûma Eliš is the Babylonian creation myth (named after its opening words). It was recovered by Austen Henry Layard in 1849 (in fragmentary form) in the ruined Library of Ashurbanipal at Nineveh (Mosul, Iraq), and published by George Smith in 1876. The Enûma Eliš is one of the most important sources for understanding the Babylonian worldview, centered on the supremacy of Marduk and the creation of humankind for the service of the gods.

Meaningless as Chasing After the Wind

What do people gain
From toil under the sun?
My heart took its delight,
Found pride in my own labour;
A chasing after the wind –
This was its only reward!
Yet when I surveyed
All that my hands had achieved,
Over which I had toiled –
Everything was meaningless,
A chasing after the wind,
Nothing gained under the sun.

Generations pass,
The earth remains forever;
The days dawn and set,
The winds blow round the compass,
All streams flow into the sea –
Creation’s order prevails;
Everything God does
Originates and endures,
Through His time for all;
What is has already been,
What will be has been before –
God will call all to account.

He made everything
Beautiful for its due time;
Eternity set
By Him in the human heart;
To fathom all God has done
Is chasing after the wind!
Man’s pleasure and pride,
His own vain accomplishments
Claimed aside of God;
Advancement by man’s own works –
All are meaningless,
Just chasing after the wind!

written in response to today’s prompt at The Daily Post, and inspired by the opening chapters of the book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible’s Old Testamentthe book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible’s Old Testament

Return to the Light

Creation’s light shines
Bringing forth vivid colours
Vibrant melodies

Man’s heart is blackened
Finding flaw in perfection
Disharmony’s chords

Return to the light
Turn your face to the rainbow
Join the angels’ praise

written in response to today’s prompt at The Daily Post

Dust Returns to Dust

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In the heat of day
And by the sweat of your brow –
You must earn your crust

Each day remaining
Work the earth from which you came –
Dust returns to dust

written in response to this week’s RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge, #137  – “Sweat” and “Heat”, and inspired by Genesis 3:19