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Posted: January 14th. 2006 8:39:20 AM

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A Creation Story

by B. T. Newberg

Age Group: Adult

1. The Dream

IN the beginning was mystery. For even God does not know what was before her.

Then she dreamed of a lover. The thought of the lover generated heat and moisture. In her womb the seed of the world began to sprout. With a cry of pain, she gave birth. And she beheld with wondrous joy the earth that came from her.

2. The Growth of the Earth

Life was in the earth. From it all creatures grew, arising one in relation to the other. In this way grew oceans and mountains, sky and clouds, rock and soil, rivers and trees, worms and caves, birds and wind, toadstools and mist, frogs and reeds, fish and waters, green things and sunlight, nocturnal things and darkness, humans and fresh water, lions and antelope, owls and mice, rabbits and rooted plants, cattle and companionship, bears and solitude, old trees and young trees, bees and flowers, dead things and the waving grass. All things were of a spirit. They were related, and all had a place.

3. The Flood

This earth God loved. But when she perceived its separation from her, she began to cry. Her tears overwhelmed the earth, and when she could cry no more there appeared in the sky a rainbow. This umbilical path lead back to her own self. Thus she saw that she and the earth were one body. She rejoiced, and the waters receded.

Now in the flood many people, animals, and green things had drowned. From the earth fed by their remains, and softened by the waters, there sprouted flowers, fruit trees, wild grains, and many beautiful things.

4. An Embrace of Man and Woman

Among the flowers and fruit trees a man and a woman drew near. As they embraced, they saw that they were different. So they went their separate ways. But loneliness led them near again. As they embraced, they saw that they were one. From this embrace sprang generations upon generations.

5. The Falling of Leaves

After all this God remembered her dream, and she longed to be with her lover. She searched the earth but she could not find the one from her dream. Such was her dismay that the earth grew cold and the leaves fell from the trees.

The people of the earth saw this and wondered, "Will we like leaves also fall?" Among them there was terror and weeping. Then some of them, when they could weep no more, began to walk in rhythm. Music, poetry, and dance came forth, and many more beautiful things.

When God beheld the creations of the people, she was comforted. The earth warmed, and new leaves came forth.

6. The Wanderings of God

Now the world and all its creatures were a marvel to behold. But once again God remembered her dream, and longed to be with her lover. She searched the earth again. She went into a basil leaf, and loved the dew. She went into a sunflower, and loved the sun. She went into a bull, and loved a cow. She went into a gust of wind, and loved a field of grass. She went into a fire, and loved a house. She went into a maelstrom, and loved a ship. She went into the moon, and loved the tidal waters. She went into a lover, and loved the lover's lover. She went into a corpse, and loved the worms. She went into all things, and loved all things. Yet in all of this, still she could not find the one from her dream. Because she could not find that one, all things suffer and pass away. But because she is still searching, all things know love. And so to this day she is wandering, searching for her lover.

Author's Notes: copyright 2006, but permission granted for all but commercial use

As a Naturalistic Pagan, I believe in evidence. There is no evidence that deities and magic are "real" in the most literal sense, but they may yet be moving and powerful. These poems are a tribute to the inspiration of Pagan ways.

For more information on naturalism, see

Author's Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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