Sunday, February 16, 2020

Inam Hussain Mullick writes

"in your hands" 

in your hands
is a toy

night's engines
the wind, 

city of paperwork dream
witnesses Adam's rising
lust for witches 

in the arc of moonlight
you sing 

ducks populate
the hut of witchcraft 

winter becomes music 

what is more urgent
than me meeting you
in the garden of apricots?

1 comment:

  1. The 1st mention of Lilith as the 1st wife of Adam occurred in the "Alpha Beta la-Ben Sir," an anonymous text composed between the 8th and 10th centuries but inspired by the Hellenistic "Sirach." Ben Sira, described as the son of the prophet Jeremiah, claimed that when God created Adam he "also created a woman, from the earth, as He had created Adam himself, and called her Lilith. Adam and Lilith immediately began to fight. She said, 'I will not lie below,' and he said, 'I will not lie beneath you, but only on top. For you are fit only to be in the bottom position, while I am to be the superior one.' Lilith responded, 'We are equal to each other inasmuch as we were both created from the earth.' But they would not listen to one another. When Lilith saw this, she pronounced the Ineffable Name and flew away into the air." "Adam" and "earth" cane from the same Hebrew root, so Lilith's origin gave her a similar status. She is absent in the "Book of Genesis," and Eve was described as being created from Adam's own rib in order to be his helpmeet. Within the Mishna, the 1st written collection of Jewish oral traditions, the "Eruvin" (Mixtures) claimed that after Adam's son Cain killed his other son Abel, but before the birth of Seth, Adam separated himself from Eve and and resumed his relations with Lilith, as well as Naamah, a demon descended from Cain (her brothers were Tubal-cain, Jabal, and Jubal). Lilith and Naamah were both demonic wives of the archangel Sama'el ("Venom of God"), the angel of death. Jeremiah's scribe Baruch ben Neriah composed the "Book of Baruch," in which Sama'el was banished by God for planting the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden and then, in retribution, he tempted Adam and Eve into committing the 1st sin by eating the tree's fruit. With Lilith and Naamah, Adam became the father of “ghosts and male demons and female [or night] demons" who became the Plagues of Mankind. (Lilith's name is derived from the Sumerian female demons or wind spirits known as "lilitu" whose breasts were filled with poison instead of milk. Lilith built her house in a willow tree tended by the Sumerian goddess Inanna, but Gilgamesh forced her to flee.)


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