First There Was
a breaking of waters
like every other birth,
and pain, before the first cry.
There was a star, perhaps a supernova
spilling radiant gases into the void,
perhaps a confluence of planets.
His first words may have been Egyptian,
but the schoolboys, he among them,
circled at the Rabbi’s feet, learned Torah,
knew sacrifice, and love, and loss.
He drew us in by blood, by suffering;
every one of us balancing in air, all newly blossomed and
Joyce Ellen Davis is from Salt Lake City, Utah. She was born and raised in the heart of the Mojave Desert in California. She traveled for two years as an actress with the Bishop’s Company, American Repertory Theater before settling down to college life and graduating from the University of Utah. She is the mother of five and grandmother of eight outstanding people. Her first novel, Chrysalis, won a $5,000 publication award from the Utah Arts Council and was nominated for the American Book Award. Her second novel, Life Mask, was published in 2014. Her poetry books include Pepek the Assassin and A Book of Fours. More of her published work is available through Lulu.com