God started small              At the first showdown
between good and evil        God didn’t come at anyone

like a cowboy        God didn’t open with solar flares
or asteroids or mass extinction         or planetary heat death

God didn’t outgun anyone              God outmanned them
God made man         in the face of the beast

And in the face of the beast        God made        —from inside
the great and gaping maw        while languishing

in the hot damp                In the face of that
great terror         God summoned the smallest—

adrenaline         serotonin         hemoglobin        oxytocin        motes
of possibility         God started by making—

light into land masses        sand into vessels         preservation
as civilization     and sometimes     God won

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