Over here, in the corner of my mind where I try to write poems that matter & poems that aren’t autobiographical (I’m sick of myself!), I’ve been pondering the idea of writing poems from the perspective of Bible characters.
Writing a poem in the perspective of another character allows, even requires, that the character become real to the writer (and hopefully the reader). I often forget that the characters in the Bible were real and as a result, I usually fail to learn from them. It seems an awful shame not to learn from the men & women whose lives help to tell the love story of the God I worship. So, in an effort to make the characters come alive, I’m going to put forth an effort to write their lives in poem form. Maybe I will learn a thing or two. Maybe you will, too. Maybe in studying those who came before us, we’ll learn more about the God who goes before us. The God who was, is and ever more will be.
What do you think of this idea? Have any of you done anything like this? If so, would you be willing to share your character sketches?
Here’s my first, a short poem inspired by a comment my pastor made about desire and Eve’s tragic mismanagement of it. It strikes me that her desire to see what wasn’t yet hers to see left all of us unable to see at all. What a grave and horrible reality humankind as endured a result of her desire to know right now. It leads me to consider where in my life I am guilty of pushing and prodding to see and know more than what God has given me right now. How does this practice hurt me? How does it hurt those around me?
EVE, ON DESIRE
On its branch, the fruit
In my palm, it was a galaxy
and I needed
to see the stars up close.
Oh, how my retinas burned.
until all the children
Artwork by: Denis Nunez Rodriguez