Tuesday, April 15, 2014
A to Z Challenge: L is for Leviathan
Can you pull in the leviathan with a fishhook or tie down his tongue with a rope?
Can you put a cord through his nose or pierce his jaw with a hook?
Will he keep begging you for mercy? Will he speak to you with gentle words?
Your stomach swells with his might. He has taken you over and commands you at whim. He is the force in the waters. He is the strength in your womb. You struggle for mastery over your own body. He has brought you to your knees.
I will not fail to speak of his limbs, his strength and his graceful form.
Who can strip off his outer coat? Who would approach him with a bridle?
How can you tame something so elemental? How can you control the intangible essence of life that consumes you? Water is his realm and he moves in you. Your blood, your waters, your life move with him and he is the master of those seas.
Behind him he leaves a glistening wake; one would think the deep had white hair.
Nothing on earth is his equal—a creature without fear.
He looks down on all that are haughty; he is king over all that are proud.
At last he arrives. Unspeakably small. Unspeakably lost. A stranded whale on the shores of time. You hold him in your arms, in your eyes, to your breast. Small, yet some how the Leviathan still, ruler of your world.