Creatio Ex Nihilo

By M. Cynthia Cheung

When the first people
discovered words
in their heads, they

formed syllables
ready to grapple. Across
the plain they walked,

worked to loose
each word
from their slings

of their mouths.
They flung out

a flail
of barbed sounds

warm, pulsing
places to land.

in a sluice of sounds,
words began
to bear weight.

They made light
from darkness.

They called it
good—by the
seventh day


M. Cynthia Cheung is a practicing physician in the United States who also writes poetry.

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