by Mary Harwell Sayler —
Having the First Word
Into first being God uttered water,
broke open the night,
spilled light and water everywhere.
The earth took God’s Word
pumping great cardiovascular
veins of rivers, oceans,
Air performed lively aerations,
breathing into plants,
boosting inhalation, waiting
to lift us, buoyed, out of the water –
wailing and gasping for breath.
From Mary’s poetry book Living in the Nature Poem