Inge Meldgaard

The Story of Man

Born in Denmark in 1953, I migrated to Australia with my family in 1957. After spending my school years in Yallourn, I moved to Melbourne in 1970 to attend Monash University. Having graduated with a science degree in 1975, I worked in various fields, such as youth work, teaching, politics (with a s…






On the first day, Man created the dog,
and on the second, the cat.
He then decided that pig tasted better than boar,
so on the third day, created the pig pen.
On the fourth day, the wild goat became man's slave,
and on the fifth, the massive aurochs was subjugated and tamed.
The sixth day was one of great deeds,
for all the other animals bowed down to Man's might.
Then, on the seventh day,
when Man lay down to rest,
the foundations of the Earth trembled,
the animals wept,
and all was lost.

On the eighth day,
the Earth was without form and void,
and darkness was upon the face of the deep.
God, defeated, also wept.

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