Born From Nought? (Almighty Hand) By Chris South


Inspired by music Prelude – L’Apres Midi d’un Faune by Debussy.

Born From Nought?
(Almighty Hand)

By Chris South
Born from nought this world of dreams
When all the heavens heaved a sigh?
No mortal ear beheld the screams
That birthed the earth, the sea, the sky!
How then be it men ponder this
And from their musings understand
The empty womb, that black abyss
Of time and space spewed forth the land?
That from its sulphurous choking bowel
Sprang life in bountiful supply
Each plant and beast, each fish and fowl
Then last not least came man, then I?
Now farther take such wisdom hence
Pray dwell on this; foretell the end of time
What justice shall our world dispense
Befitting of all human crime
What answer holds this universe
That born from nought gives substance still?
Entire existence seems perverse
If back into the void we spill
How then be it men ponder more
And musing fail to understand?
Not born from nought, creations core
Was wrought by an Almighty Hand!

(If you click this link it will open in a new tab.L’Apres Midi d’un Faune You may then wish to come back to this tab to listen while you re-read Chris’s powerful piece)

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3 thoughts on “Born From Nought? (Almighty Hand) By Chris South

  1. Ah, that ever simmering old chestnut, Creationism v Evolutionism.
    I have to confess that when I look at the intricate beauty and complexity of the natural world and indeed the entire universe – as we know it. I do find it hard to accept that it all came about by an accidental coming together of the right combination of chemicals and elements needed to produce life – as we know it. By the same token, I also find it hard to accept that a single, almighty deity made it all out of nought. Is that agnosticism?
    Whatever I am, in that regard; there is no doubt that this poem is well constructed, well written, and thought provoking.

  2. Thank you for your insightful words and comments David.

    I appreciate that this piece will not be to everyone’s liking and it was never my intention to offend anyone’s sensibilities with it but rather, as you rightly observe, to provoke thoughts on the matter and take the debate hence.

    For me the argument between creation and evolution is pretty much beside the point as both require huge amounts of faith and whilst this poem is in essence a bold statement of mine (faith that is), I am more concerned about what lies before us (humanity both collectively and individually) rather than what is past.

    After all we’re already here somewhere along the continuum and if we can all at least agree that there was a beginning, we must logically conclude that there will (at some point) be an end.

    Then what…???

    Another ‘simmering old chestnut’ methinks!

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