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The Word

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In those days, over the new world, when
God turned His face,** then
The word stopped the sun,***
The word brought down a town.****

The eagle stretched not his wing,
The stars in fear stung at the moon,
When, like a rose colored flame,
Through the heights, the word swam.

And for each lower form of living thing
There were numbers, like for yoked oxen,
Because an intelligent number conveys
All shades of meaning a thing has.

A hoary patriarch, cane in hand,
To subjugate the evil and the good,
Resolved not to resort to sound,
And drew a number in the sand.

But we forgot, in our earthly cares,
That singularly luminous, is the word,
And John the Evangelist declares
That The Word — is God.*****

We have set limits over its power,
The limits of its paltry essence
And like a hive emptied of bees,
Dead words smell sour.
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* An extensive discussion of this poem appears in the endnotes.
** “And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters” (KJV Gen.1.2).
*** “Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon, and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon” (KJV Jos.6.1 and 5).
**** “And the LORD said unto Joshua.... And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat...” (KJV Jos.6.1 and 5).
***** “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (KJV John 1.1).

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