LimarevDavid by Michelangelo

Three poetic texts about time, beauty, but not only…
by Alexander Limarev

Part One
(Epigraph Included)

          So God created man in his own image,
           in the image of God created he him;
           male and female created he them.
                    The Holy Bible. Genesis 1:27 (King James Version)

          And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground,
           and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life;
           and man became a living soul.
                    The Holy Bible. Genesis 2:7 (King James Version)

God created man in one day.
In the image of God He created him.
We can only guess,
How aesthetically perfect
Was that man, created by God,
Before his fall, I mean.
In the Old Testament, Genesis, Chapter 1, there is a verse:

31 And God saw every thing that he had made,
and, behold, it was very good.
And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

We believe it.
And there is nothing to be added.

As for the time, we must note,
That astronomical time of the Old Testament,
Especially concerning creation of visible world,
Does not correspond to modern time.
To sum it up:
Dust of the ground,
One day,
Perfect man.

Part Two

Times not that old.
The very beginning of XVI century.
Renaissance. Florence.
Michelangelo Buonarroti begins and,
In about four years,
Finishes his “David”.
Marble sculpture of King David of the Old Testament,
Believed to be a culmination of human genius.
To sum it up:
Four years,
Marble copy of man.

Part Three

In this case it is all too plain and trivial.
Though there is, without any doubt,
Some private pathos of this event,
Mystery of impregnation, mystery of birth,
Joy of fatherhood, joy of motherhood and stuff.
Just like it is today.
But still.
Second half of XX century.
The USSR, already not Russia.
A big industrial city…
(there can be further details to infinity).
But let’s be brief…
A boy is born in a natural way,
As hundreds of billions of men before him,
Descendants of those, Old Testament Adam and Eve,
Expelled from the Garden of Eden.
To sum it up:
A couple of heterogeneous humans,
In a natural way,
Nine months,
Not David,

Facts only, nothing personal.

PHOTO: The author in 1978.

STATUE: “David” by Michelangelo (1501–1504).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Alexander Limarev is a freelance artist, mail art artist, poet, and curator from Russia who has participated in more than 400 international projects and exhibitions. His artworks are part of private and museum collections in 58 countries. His artworks as well as poetry have been featured in various online publications including TIME FOR A VISPO, EXPOESIA VISUAL EXPERIMENTAL #9, #10, #11, #12, THE NEW POST-LITERATE: A GALLERY OF ASEMIC WRITING, BAA:BE:L, NOTHING AND INSIGHT, FOFFOF, SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION LANGUAGE IMAGE LAB, FOOOM, POEZINE, DEGU A JOURNAL OF SIGNS #1, EXIXTERE, ffoOom #2, CHERNOVIK #27, THE WHITE RAVEN #11, UNDERGROUNDBOOKS.ORG, ŎŎŏŏŏ #1, BOEK861, TIP OF THE KNIFE #15, #17, #20, #24, BUKOWSKI ON WRY (Silver Birch Press), BUKOWSKI ERASURE POETRY ANTHOLOGY (Silver Birch Press), SELF-PORTRAIT POETRY COLLECTION (Silver Birch Press), KIOSKO (libera, skeptika, transkultura) #7, #8,MICROLIT #7, #8, METAZEN, BLACKBIRD #11, ZOOMOOZOPHONE REVIEW #1, #2, #3, #4, M58, ICONIC LIT, and SIMULACRO8.