Morris Rosenfeld

(1862-1923 / Poland)

Creation Of Man - Poem by Morris Rosenfeld

WHEN the Lord created our wonderful world,
He asked nobody's advice, and did as He
pleased,

All after His own will, in accordance with His
own plans : He worked at it long, and He did it well.

When he was about to create man, things did not
go so well with Him, and he summoned His winged
Senate :

' Listen to me, you my mighty ones, I have called
you here that you may proffer me your advice how
man is to be made.

' Help me, children, to create him, but take good
counsel. He must resemble us, and he must be
without faults and without blemish,

' For I shall crown him as a ruler, and I shall give
him of my flame : he shall freely rule over air, and
earth, and ocean.

' Before him shall fall the bird in the air, before
his might shall fall the fish in the water and the wild
lion in the chase.'

The Senate became frightened : ' If man, who
is nothing but foam and smoke, were to rule the air,
he would soon enter heaven.'

And they answered God : ' Make him in our
image ; give him reason, give him power, but give
him no wings !

' No, he shall have no wings, for he will fly with
his sword ! Let him not enter heaven who rules
upon that earth ! '

' You are right,' God answered, ' your decision
is good ; but one exception I shall make, but one ex-
ception ! Listen to me !

' Let the poet be winged ! He shall get my highest
rank ! I will open the heavens to the master of
songs.

'And I shall choose an angel among you who
shall be ready day and night to attach the wings to
him whenever his holy song will rise.'


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 22, 2010



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