Sunday, January 23, 2005

Genesis

Emeteria P. Lee is a UP Professor of Education and the Executive Secretary of the National Inter-University Forum on Education. From the title alone, clearly her poem is inspired by the first book of the Bible. As I see it, the poem tells us that God bestowed upon us the capacity to become like Him. This interpretation of mine is strengthened by the way the poem was written: a mirror-image, much like how water reflects something. This poem is meaningful to me because it shows how much God wanted each of us to be perfect. Yet unfortunately, man fell.


Luigi Singson
GENESIS

Emeteria P. Lee

God
created man
in His own Image.

In his own image
created man
god.

Source: Azurina, Arnold Molina. Heartland.

4 comments:

Chia said...

The poem denotes an undoing. Or perhaps, a different way of looking at God. It's entirely possible that God doesn't really exist, and that He is just a figment of the collective imagination. After all, people need something to believe in. And maybe the mysticism surrounding it adds to the charm.

"If God didn't exist, it would have been necessary to invent him." -Voltaire

Anonymous said...

such a simple poem, but means so much. i love how the poem's structure emphasizes what the author wants to say - that both beings, man and God, are depicted in the same way that no one knows where God ends and where man begins and vice versa.
-Thea Cuaso

Jim said...

The poem has three interpretations. ONE: God allowed us to be like him, starting by shaping us into his own image. TWO: No one is absolutely sure whether God exists or not. In our search for something to believe in, He may just be a creation of our minds and not vice versa. THREE: Man has been too consumed by his self that he disregards the belief of A Greater Being, thus considering himself superior. It is good that the poem captures a huge question in just a few words, arranged cleverly as a mirror image.
--Neil Jameson Sta. Sta. Isabel

Anonymous said...

With very few words, the author has established an argument that has never been given enough thought. The structure of the poem gave it's idea the strength and representation that perhaps, the common concept IS THE OTHER WAY AROUND. Though it stimulates critical thinking, I should disagree with it's content because it counters the Biblical ideas.
--michelle papina
friend of james sta. isabel