Thirteen  Forewords
to the Gospel of St John

[For Les Murray]

In the beginning, Word.
Word was with God
And dwelt God beginning --
Became with, beginning among,
In, was, and among.
Beginning us was flesh.
And Word became flesh
And with us: the
Word dwelt among us --
Became, was, dwelt, the
God among the flesh,
Dwelt in with flesh --
In us became God.

Philosophical Gas, 1985

John Bangsund
Melbourne, Australia