Gods in Sync

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Weekend Mini-Challenge
Art FLASH/55  (posted by Kerry)

“For this weekend’s art collaboration, I am introducing an illustrator in ink and watercolour, known as Anarh1a, from Novorossiysk, Russia. She has kindly given permission for us to use her beautiful piece, ‘Chernobog and Belobog’, for our poetic inspiration. This picture is part of a series the artist completed on Slavic gods, depicting The Myth of Creation.”

There flew across the sky, above the Infinite Ocean-Sea, three birds: an Eagle in a front and two bright Falcons behind. The first chose the path, and directed the course. The two others followed him. One flew behind the right wing of the Eagle and looked up, into the sky. The other, who flew behind the left wing of the Eagle, looked down. Eagle was a Great God himself. One falcon was Belobog (White God), the other was Chernobog (Black God).
For more background on the role of these gods in Slavic culture, please follow this LINK.

White falcon focuses
on the heavens, scanning
for changes in atmosphere
or dangers.

Black falcon sweeps
the ground from his position
to see where it is safe to land.

Regal eagle trusts in Black
and White gods to pave
his way. His time and attention
are taken up with deep philosophical
thinking, mathematics, and science.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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12 Responses to Gods in Sync

  1. kim881 says:

    You’ve taken the myth and made it your own, Sara! I like the alliteration in ‘White falcon focuses’ and the internal rhyme of ‘Regal eagle’.


  2. Now I can’t stop seeing the eagle wearing glasses, holding a pipe (just an affectation, he’s too brilliant to smoke), and nodding at the ghostly images of Galileo and Archimedes.


  3. sanaarizvi says:

    This is absolutely brilliant, Sara! ❤️


  4. Oh the wisdom of the eagle… I like that.


  5. Susie Clevenger says:

    Love this..the eagle is my favorite. I’m with Magaly. I see him in flight wearing glasses.


  6. robtkistner says:

    This was very cool Sara. My regal eagle was raptor to its hollow bones.


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