02 January 2007

January Poem of the Month

Sonnet LXIII
Pin Point

When exactly, biologically,
In time and space and in her virgin flesh
Did God’s hand make the miracle occur?
Was it when God joined His seed to hers?
Or did He modify her egg and add
The chromosomal mix to make a man?
It must have been before the cell could halve.
Perhaps her womb contained a different code
Than that of other women, from her birth,
Or from her own conception, or before.
Perhaps her mothers bore it from the first.
I like to see one moment in my mind—
But maybe God worked back the miracle through time.

~ Sørina

© 2005, Sørina Higgins. Do not use this work in any way without permission from the author.


Rosie Perera said...

Well-crafted. Interesting questions to ponder, and I love your ending speculation.

Rachel Starr Thomson said...

Interesting. I like it :). Such a joy when we can think a thought and then frame in words so others can think it, too. Thanks for your comment on my Eragon post. I liked the first Narnia movie, though I note from your comments on this site that you had issues with the script. I did find that it lacked something which (although perhaps this is only the warped perspective of childhood) the BBC version managed to capture better. A certain magic and otherworldliness, especially in scenes pertaining to Aslan, and in Aslan himself. I also found that the White Witch was scarier in the BBC rendition.

Only time will tell how the other movies turn out. I do have high hopes for them.

Rachel LeAnn said...

I like the poem as well!

And I think the White Witch was scarier in the BBC production because the actress played her as evil. The actress in the latest one decided to go with "apathetic" as her character choice.

Iambic Admonit said...

Yeah, what the script missed was -- all the words? Except for maybe a handful of lines. Sigh.

Rachel LeAnn said...

Maybe, too, it didn't help Aslan out to have him voiced by Liam Neeson (whom I love). My sister was watching LWW yesterday and from the other room I thought it was Star Wars -- good old Qui Gon Jinn offering some of the same advice.

Rachel Starr Thomson said...

I agree that Neeson harmed the character rather than helping him, not through any fault of his own... he's simply too familiar in a way that Aslan never is!

RYC your comment on my new year's post: I haven't read Aurora Leigh but apparently must get on that :). I found the quote elsewhere... in a Ravi Zacharias book? I knew from past years that I liked EBB from bits and snatches I'd found in various places, but last autumn I was in a particularly fabulous used bookstore (a four-story warehouse in Detroit) and I picked up a copy of "Sonnets." It was love at first blink.

Iambic Admonit said...

I actually love Liam Neeson's voice for Aslan's. Yes, it familiar, but it's quite full of peace & strength. I've been listening to Focus on the Family's radio drama versions of Narnia, which are excellent -- except for the Aslan voice. He's really stupid sounding, & he gets all the emotions wrong, & makes his lines cheesy. Sigh. If only we could put Liam Neeson there & put the script accuracies into the movie!

Rachel LeAnn said...

I was sort of hoping that they'd pick Renee Auberjonois (Odo from Deep Space 9) as the voice of Aslan. He has the same sort of gravelly voice that the BBC lion had.

Iambic Admonit said...

I go for deep & powerful rather than gravelly.

gymbrall said...

Nice poetry. And you get an extra nod for attempting to accommodate all the different theories about the "mechanics" of the virgin birth.

Iambic Admonit said...

Gymbrall --
really? I didn't even know I was doing that, although I tried to cover all the ideas I could come up with. Thanks!