NaPoWriMo 2022, day 26: Before the Beginning

Before the Beginning

Before the Beginning

No holy book, no cursed tome, tells
what happened the day before days began:
how certain angels came together
hovering half over half by turn
and with their talons tore away
one another's feathers; and then,
thighs and claws straining, broke
and broke again naked, pimpled wings
into crooked arms and hands;
extinguished the nimbuses that glowed
from their flesh, which grew heavy and damp;
and shrank their eternity to a pinch of life,
that they might walk briefly among
clover and grass, cottonwood and ash,
touch randy young goats and flatulent cows,
caress snake and spider, catfish and cricket,
know all the green and going miracles
Heaven endures without.

— Bryant Jacobi