Creation Myth

Creation Myth
In the world’s first night the earth lay down.
In the first light it stood again.
Now smoke strides daily above the town
And if a spark strikes, then
Take it as you must
And in a gust of days
Raise a blaze of dust
To a dusty day.
28 December 2011
The striding smoke is a reference to a Charles Simic poem about being anchored in history. He helpfully titled it “Poem” so that we could refer to it clearly.