Poetry and Fiction - Jesus Awakes
by Life Positive
The peacock, proudly fanning out its feathers, strolled up and down, threw oblique, seductive glances at this Adam stretched on the ground, and explained to him: “I used to be a hen, but I loved an angel and became a peacock.
Is there any bird more beautiful than I am? None!” The turtledove flew from tree to tree, lifted its throat to heaven and cried, “Love! Love! Love!” The thrush: “Among all the birds, only I sing and keep warm in the thickest of frosts.” The swallow: “If not for me, the trees would
never blossom.” The cock: “If not for me the morning would never come.” The lark: “At dawn when I fly up into the sky to sing, I say goodbye to my children because I never
know if I shall return from my song still alive.” The nightingale: “ Don’t look at me as I am now, in my poor clothes. I too had large gleaming wings, but I turned them into song.” And a long-nosed blackbird came and clung to the shoulder of the first-created man, bent over to his ear and spoke to him softly, as though entrusting a great secret to him: “ The doors of heaven and hell are adjacent, and identical: both green, both beautiful. Take care, Adam! Take care! Take care!”
Exactly then, at dawn, with the blackbird’s song in his mind, Jesus awoke.Great things happen when God mixes with man. Without man, God would have no mind on this Earth to reflect upon his creatures intelligibly and to examine, fearfully yet impudently, his wise omnipotence. He would have on this Earth no heart to pity the concerns of others and to struggle to beget virtues and cares which God either did not want, or forgot, or was afraid to fashion. He breathed upon man, however, giving him the power and audacity to continue creation.
However, man, without God, born as he is, unarmed, would have been obliterated by hunger, fear and cold; and if he survived these, he would have crawled – midway between the lions and the lice – he would never have been able to escape the tight, warm, tender embrace of his mother the monkey. Reflecting on this, Jesus felt more deeply than he had ever felt before that God and man could become one.
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