Up from the sea under the sky
gentle precipitate & volcanic upheaval
land was born the barren land
storm-tossed rock naked in darkness.
What is the sun who gave the moon
what names the stars how blow the winds
where is the horn & with what lips
was a world born out of this void?
Deep in the sea swims in the sea
tiny green things feast of the swimmers
barren the rock swarming the wave
out of the wrack onto the rock
Creatures breathe air under the rock
over the rock sun on the rock
run on the rock hunt on the rock
under the sky & breath of the wind.
Broken the rock battered by waves
into a land soft underfoot
run on the land feed on the land
eat of its green & hunt on the land
Out of the land into the land
one with the land walk on the land
standing upright under the sky
breathing the air speaking its breath
Man & woman into the green
unto the garden under the heavens
born of the horn blown in the sky
formed by the hand that holds the horn.
Broken the horn broken the garden
word of the serpent Heaven’s messenger:
Thus it was not. Into the forest
walking upright went man & woman
under the sky the moon & the sun
upon the earth plant & animal
through the world forming the words
who named the gods who blew the horn?
Breather & speaker friends of the horn
together they went into the north
gathered together beneath the tree
brown as earth dressed in green.
Reaching to heaven learning to climb
manwoman up carrying gifts
hornblower down looking upon them
raining the crops turning the storms.
Later the serpent sent by Heaven
forged in metal struck the tree
broke the horn. Went they no longer
manwoman walking into the wood
Gifts not given under the green
gifts instead under bare wood
given to one nailed to bare wood
gifts repaid in dry bread.
Suffered they much manwoman then
under the lash over the plow
hungering under the boards of feasting
cowering like dogs sniffing a hand,
long suffered in building
worlds of rock burying green
the tree forgotten the tree dying
so many rocks so much hunger.
The horn rediscovered under the tree
the horn unbroken world horn
grain horn ale horn
gift horn poured from
onto the land under the tree
beneath the sky into the sea
the blowing horn the offering horn
the friend horn gift for gift.
Tear down the bare wood
burn it with fit gifts
shank of the boar not of the lamb.
The old horn is reborn.