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featured poet – Alice Beer (1912 - 2011)

Alice Beer


After the Creation

When God had finished creating
the earth and the sea and the heavens
and every living thing that swam in the water
and flew in the air
and dwelt on the land –
when he had made man in his image,
male and female,
he felt exceedingly happy.
A smile spread over his face
that lit up the earth and the firmament
with the joy of creation.
And to single out his favourite –
man made in his image –
he bestowed on him the gift
of creativity.
Reflecting on it afterwards he wondered
if – man being man –
he had not been a little impetuous.

Alice Beer

in collections, Facing Forwards Looking Back, 1999,
Poetry Monthly Press, ISBN 1-903031-00-7;
and Talking of Pots, People & Points of View, 2005,
poetry p f, ISBN 978-0-9552040-0-5