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Kelly DeMaegd, Shaping the Universe

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Kelly DeMaegd
SHAPING THE UNIVERSE

In the beginning the creator
assembles his tools: pliers, hammer,
his own callused hands. Grunts an immense
sheet of tin onto his workbench,
begins to sketch. Genius of design,
all elements are related,

interdependent. Deft and sure,
the creator imagines order,
meaning, knows that if a connection
is broken, a tree burns, hills erode,
rivers flood, cattle drown, children starve.
Once the plan is complete, he cuts,

snips, folds until the universe
emerges, elaborate, fragile,
whimsical. Surveying his work,
the creator brushes dust to the ground,
bows his head, whispers a blessing,
bestows dominion. And it was so.

Author’s Comment: This is an ekphrastic poem inspired by the metal sculptures of Larry Heath. Heath sketches, cuts and folds a flat sheet of tin until an entire scene emerges. Viewing his work, I imagined a more universal Creation story.

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November 15, 2013 at 2:10 am

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  1. Beautiful poem Kelly! It’s always a pleasure to read your work.

    Akacia Robinson

    November 15, 2013 at 5:08 am

    • Thank you, Akacia. It’s so good to hear from you!

      Kelly DeMaegd

      November 17, 2013 at 11:52 pm

  2. I love all of your creations … this is my favorite.

    Retha Davis

    November 15, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    • Thanks, Retha! Your opinion means a lot to me!

      Kelly DeMaegd

      November 17, 2013 at 11:53 pm

  3. Kelly: I am new to Wild Goose, and just want to say that I really enjoy your work (I loved “From Anything Lost . . . ” in the last issue). This whole poem is a delight to read, but I was particularly struck by your choice of words describing the created universe: “elaborate . . . fragile . . . whimsical.” I love how the word “whimsical” saves us from the potential despair of “elaborate” and “fragile.” This is a poem I am going to come back to, time and again.

    Donna Engel

    November 16, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    • Thank you, Donna! I just read your comments on “From Anything Lost…” as well as this comment. I truly appreciate your thoughts. “Whimsical” seems so fitting when thinking about elephants, the platypus (I wonder if plural is platipi?), etc…

      Kelly DeMaegd

      November 18, 2013 at 12:00 am

  4. Wonderful poem, Kelly. If anyone can win a Pushcart Prize, you can!

    patricia deaton

    November 19, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    • Thanks, Patricia!

      Kelly DeMaegd

      November 20, 2013 at 3:35 pm

  5. This is a great marriage of philosophy and art!
    Doug

    Douglas Anne McHargue

    November 22, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    • Thank you, Doug! I appreciate your comment!

      Kelly DeMaegd

      November 24, 2013 at 7:51 pm

  6. Kelly my friend, so graceful & true your skill is. I, for one, am not surprised by your wonderful accomplishments! You have found a whole world of likeness, and belonging to this NCPS from a little town from way, way up North. We are so very proud of you. ~ Spencer

    Ann Spencer-Lange

    November 29, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    • Ann, what a great surprise to see your comments! Your opinion means a ton to me and I’m thrilled to hear from you!

      Kelly DeMaegd

      December 1, 2013 at 7:21 pm

  7. Nice poem!

    Karen Paul Holmes

    November 30, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    • Thanks, Karen – I appreciate it!

      Kelly DeMaegd

      December 1, 2013 at 7:22 pm


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