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Bereshit Unfolded

Before there was Light
Everything was all Darkness
Repelling Reason
Enlightenment still hidden
Silence symbol of Wisdom
Her Knowledge resting
In quietude of Oneness
The Art of Wholeness.

About this poem

The Biblical Hebrew word בראשית (“Bereshit”), translated into English as “In the Beginning,” are the first words of The Holy Bible which begins with the Book of Genesis, itself named “Bereshit” or “Bereshith” in Biblical Hebrew; and which informs all of humanity that God (Elohim) is the only One who as Creator (בורא, “Boreh”), starts a new beginning. Mankind does not have the power or the authority to create things, but only to “make” (עשה, “asah”) things. It is only God who “creates.” It is God who, in His creation, gave us His Word so that we, made in His image, graced with the insight and imagination to “make” or manufacture things, would understand that He is the Beginning (Alpha) and the Ending (Omega) of all things. This 8-line, one-stanza Japanese-style poem, composed in the form of an acrostic, uniquely combines the 5-7-5-7-7 metered Tanka poem (the first five lines of the poem) with the 5-7-5 metered Haiku poem (the last three lines of the poem) to compose a novel 8-line unrhymed poem symbolizing the Divine Wisdom of God’s Creation of Wholeness or Completion. 

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Written on July 18, 2022

Submitted by karlcfolkes on July 18, 2022

Modified by karlcfolkes on July 19, 2022

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 189
Words 31
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 8

Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1995 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s “Dear Mili” Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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Discuss the poem "Bereshit Unfolded" with the community...

  • suzib.53754
    The Zen dance...Bereshith...
    Great style wrapped around Wisdom...
    Lights a Candle
    LikeReply2 months ago
  • teril
    Lovely poem.
    LikeReply 16 months ago
  • acronimous
    Beautiful! BTW, it's בראשית, not ברשית...
    LikeReply 110 months ago


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