“What is it in humans that makes us crave narrative?”
“This need is universal; everyone likes a story.”

Who is this Swan but Zeus disguised?
Even the gods desire.
And he impregnates Leda.
Who is this swan/god who acts as a human?
So we are all the same.

In the beginning there was the word
And the word was with God
And the word was God.
God created heaven and earth
by naming them with a word
And so the human poet creates.
So we are all the same.

A beautiful princess kisses a frog
and he becomes a prince.
Zeus was a swan
The prince was a frog
A woman joins with the swan
A princess joins with the frog-prince
So we are all the same.

Like the Swan, God descends
and joins with Mary.
A son is born, who, after suffering,
will return to the Heavens.
He dies because humans have
imitated the gods.
So we are all the same.

Fables are rampant.
A Mayan 5000 year era is turned into doomsday.
Tomorrow.  Some will go up and others down.

But never fear.
It’s only a story; they’re all the same.
We make them up

For we are the gods.

[Inspired by The End of the World.]

2 thoughts on “Anthology

  1. In this time of religious saturation, it’s refreshing to read a poem that adds a little atheistic reason to the season. This poem particularly reminds me of Whitman’s “Laws for Creations”: “What do you suppose I would intimate to you in a hundred ways, but that man or woman is as good as God? And that there is no God any more divine than Yourself?”

    The poem starts out without a snippet of conversation. What is the source of that, or did you make it up?

    • You mean the poem starts with (not without) a snippet of conversation. No source that I know of. The purpose was to highlight the main theme: that we all need narration, and that everything we live IS narration. So we have made up a lot of stories, especially about the gods. My major preoccupation was the idea about narrative……….because of the prompt the creation and immortality themes came along. I don’t know the Whitman poem you speak of. But there is a Brel song which ends with “Tu es mieux (que Dieu). Tu es un homme.” (You are better[than God]. You are a man.

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