Lay for the Day27th
4004 BC: the fifth day of creation, according to the calculation of Archbishop
James Ussher (see 23rd October).
follows a similar order, as far as the appearance of the different forms
of life is concerned, to evolutionary theory, beginning with plants, followed
by sea creatures, and then the land creatures, including humans.
the book of Praises:
Cold-blooded from the seas
yet colder blood,
God called the scaled and finned, the jelly-skinned,
and finally the feathered, to possess the air
that vapours flowed above, the waters swept by air.
Armoured, jointed, spined
and clawed, venomous,
toothed, luminescent, transparent the sea
revelled in its first carnival, freely moving,
laughed with its pointed mouths, its many legs dancing.
Dancing better yet, with wide
the birds, entranced with the freedom conferred,
like dervishes turned, their bright eyes a little stunned.
On Thursday the green surge
of ocean leapt
for joy, yelling, at the land and, shattered
on rocks already weeded, ran back together.
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