Beginning

I have written little poetry for a year or so but I feel things begin to return. The following lines are a somewhat mystical view of creation.

Beginning is a blossoming bud,
	the Spirit’s breath,
	the moment all moments begin.
Eddies spin in the flood,
	billowing, drifting, breathing, brooding
	over shifting uncertain waves,
Gathering, from grain to garden,
	from daisies to chains to garlands,
	as echoes roll into time,
Images of beauty and truth;
	of a stream that flows forever 
	from a Source, Other than this world,
New Earth from eternal Heaven;
	from the spring of being,
	from breathing, brooding, creating Spirit:
New, nothing into everything, 
	moving over the waves
	more than beauty of bud and blossom.
Imagined in that moment and known,
	that Allos, that other,
	that is both hope and home;
Named, I AM, sharing our nature,
Good, glowing, gathering all creation
		Into One.

 

Notes on meanings:

Classical Hebrew is a language of meanings hidden within meanings.
Spirit and breath were considered to be one and shared the same word;
blow, billow, blossom, bleed and bless share common roots;
as do moving, fluttering and brooding.

An apparently simple sentence, such as
‘The Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.’
carries over- and under-tones of the breath of God
moving, fluttering or brooding (as a mother hen)
over the face of the waves.

Why do words mean what they do?

The Hebrew word ‘the-waters’ is a plural ha-mah’yim.
Ha- is the definite article the
and mah’yim or mayim the plural noun, waters.

Waters: mah’yim is two letters m joined by breathed vowels.

The letter m carries meanings of liquid, water and sea,
mighty and massive, from the size of the sea,
chaos from sea storms.
To the Hebrews the sea was a feared, unknown place
and the letter is used as a question word,
searching for an unknown.

Water is always plural;
even in modern English phrases such as
a water molecule or a molecule of water
the word water implies a plural of which it is part.

The Early Semitic pictograph for m is three waves of water.
It is some four thousand years old from much older Egyptian heiroglyphs.
Our version, as well as the Greek and Russian m reduce this to two.
Late Semitic script became the מ and ם (final mem) of the Modern Hebrew script, now a square letter but originally a single rolling wave which in early form had teeth (to devour dirt).
Its Eastern Arabic equivalent maintains the older rounded rolling waveform.

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