The Ancient Modern

Aeternus Adventus  /  Joshua Alan Sturgill     

Man is expulsion
Woman, bereavement 

Man is Adam and Eve exiled

Woman, Eden left empty

Man is remembrance
Woman, memory

Man is extension
Woman, embrace

Far-flown periphery
Fading center

Roofless altar
Looted temple

          Make ready, O Bethlehem
          Prepare, O Ephratha

Consummation
Return

Ark of the Covenant
Manna, Branch and Law

Woman is the music
Man, the lyric poetry

Woman is the clay
Man, the new eyes

Woman is the unwritten page
Man, the primal Word

Paradise through Woman
Immortality through Man

          The Tree of life blossoms forth in the Cave
          Whereof eating, we shall live and not die


All poetry and supplementary material: copyright 2022 by Joshua Alan Sturgill. All rights reserved.

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