the making of gods

Man made his gods, and furnished them
with his own body, voice and garments.

If a horse or lion or a slow ox
had agile hands for paint and sculpture,
the horse would make his god a horse,
the ox would sculpt an ox.

Our gods have flat noses and black skins
say the Ethiopians. The Thracians say
our gods have red hair and hazel eyes.



extracted by the gods

As the king was drinking in the dear face of his son,
his eye motionless as a lotus in the calm;
His intense delight could not be contained within
like the high tide of the great ocean after seeing the