I began with a spark—a jolt—a
leap. Stars were born in that
instance. Some have called it
dawn and alpha, origin
and source.
It was then I was born—long
before I rushed to Earth.
There, far off at the edges of fleeing
space, or time—whatever it is named,
whence I came.
I am of the word.

I had come and gone, again,
from her womb
where my soul was there bore.
I passed through a series of sycamore
doors, wreathed with
chrysanthemum and lilies—
then suddenly awoke,
jumped from my sepulcher, and
into the deep black
to gaze upon her silent face.

There, I began to move
closer to her—cautiously—
as not to startle her.
She did not have eyes, nor ears,
nor mouth, nor nose—
and yet she breathed, undulating
in endless night.
And she was full—
full as a cornucopia at harvest,
filled with skies and mountains
and oceans and fires spilling out
from her.

I saw a lizard scurry
across the craggy, crinkled
bronze crust
that was wilted in thirst.
I saw the unchanging moon
leap from waxing and waning
over the elderly pines of the
deep greenwood.
I watched, and I listened,
and, growing more curious—
she lured me toward her.
I tumbled into her womb
once more.

As she breathed out death
to breathe in life
I began again,
as the seasons,
as a spinning top, as a carousel,
as the tides rose and fell
they always did.
Creatures stirred in the shadows.
Everything was new.
Everything was old.

32 thoughts on “Steortian”

  1. ~Michelle Cook says:

    I especially love this poem! I am grateful to you for following my blog, as it has now led me to these wonderful poems of yours! Can’t wait to read more! :)

    1. John Foster says:

      Thank you very much for reading and commenting! I’m happy to follow your blog. I appreciate your kind words and support.

  2. Angie Romano says:

    I just started reading your poetry…so refreshing!! You have an amazing talent!!

    1. John Foster says:

      Thank you very kindly, I appreciate your encouraging words!

  3. Gaj says:

    Way to awake a memory again, even more vivid now than ever :’)

    1. John Foster says:

      Excellent, I’m glad to hear it. Thank you for your comment.

  4. moylomenterprises says:

    Thought-provoking! What was your inspiration for this piece?

    1. John Foster says:

      It started with reading about the etymology of the word ‘start’ (no pun intended). Throughout the poem are a roughly chronological series of verbs that show the development of the word as it was historically used. This, coupled with thoughts about the cycles of nature and reincarnation slowly led to the completed poem.

      I hope that wasn’t too complicated an answer for your question! Thanks for your interest.

      1. moylomenterprises says:

        Appreciate the response. I got a hint of reincarnation mixed with creation mixed with uncertainty. Just wanted to hear from the author!

        In school, I loved the art of writing, and excelled in that area, but wasn’t so great at interpretation of literature as so often a piece can speak to various individuals in different ways, just as a piece of art does at an Art Gallery or Museum. Very rare do we have the opportunity to know what the author really meant by the words he/she was inspired to write. I love when a piece forces me to dig deeper as it tends to have a more lasting impression. Kudos!

        1. John Foster says:

          Your interest is certainly a great compliment in itself; I’m glad to read your feedback. Thank you.

  5. Moongazer says:

    That……was beautiful. I want to read it again :-)

    1. John Foster says:

      Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

  6. dara40 says:

    Someone said Epic, I agree. This is publish worthy material.

    1. John Foster says:

      That’s quite a compliment! Thank you for such kind remarks; I am most thankful that you read my work and enjoyed it.

  7. photosentinel1953 says:

    Stunning. Truly. I am silent with appreciation. Thank you.

    1. John Foster says:

      Thank you for such kind words. I appreciate your comment.

  8. Betty Hayes Albright says:

    Beautifully written – mystical!
    (I have a poem called “Spiral” with a similar “aura”, you might say – but yours is much more artful.
    Thank you for your visit to my blog – I am following you as well.

    1. John Foster says:

      Thank you, I will certainly read Sprial–I have enjoyed reading your blog; I will continue to look out for future posts!

    1. John Foster says:

      Thank you, I’m delighted at your comment.

  9. Rise above says:

    Dare I say epic? Have you any work in print?

    1. John Foster says:

      Many thanks to you for such a remark. I currently do not have any work in print, though it is an aspiration of mine that I hope to accomplish in the future.

  10. Nomzi Kumalo says:

    A wonderful poem John. Magical. :)

    1. John Foster says:

      Thank you for sharing such kind words.

      1. Nomzi Kumalo says:

        You are welcome. Have a peaceful day. :)

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