Creation Story

Robin Hill Gardens

Robin Hill Gardens

To make something
where there was nothing
is God’s kind of work

When all was a void
all darkness on the deep
God brooded above

Said let there be light!
and color was born in us
a big box of Crayolas

Said let there be sky!
A sheet of paper given us
on which to draw birds

Even before any bird
flew through the heavens
we made our tiny arcs

Said let there be sea!
We knew to draw whales
bubbling in the blue

And golden star`fish
reflections of dark nights
spit up upon a shore

we had never imagined
till we needed some place
for them to wash up

And by week’s end
there was the whole world
just as God imagined

We showed it to God
who smiled upon seeing it
and said That’s Good!

“Much of our lives involves the word ‘no.’ In school we are mostly told,
‘Don’t do it this way. Do it that way.’ But art is the big yes. In art,
you get a chance to make something where there was nothing.” ~ Marvin Bell


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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4 Responses to Creation Story

  1. Susanne says:

    I love the play of this poem, the reversal of roles. We are given the tools and we go forth and create.

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    • Sometimes a ‘fresh’ look at a ‘story’ might actually be empowering! Seeing through a child’s eye helps ‘debunk’ a lot of adult preconceptions . . . Glad you liked the poem and Thanks for the kind comment . . .

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  2. Cheryl Ruffing says:

    Thanks, Peter, for giving me such a fun way this morning to become like a child. You have a lovely imagination.

    Liked by 1 person

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