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He opened his eyes. Wham! A world appeared. Look what I made, he thought. The temperature here was even warmer than where he’d been before. It felt gritty and carried many aromas, all of them unfamiliar. Wondering if he could create the world again, the baby blinked. Wham! Yeah. Now there was something in his field of vision- something hairy. It moved and made a noise he recognized. A wide muzzle and huge wet eyes regarded the baby, nudging him aside to claim a mouthful of hay.

The baby blinked again. Wham! Once more, he had invented the world. Now a familiar smell accompanied a...what? Face. Drawn and tired, tears and sweat mingling as they dripped down her cheeks, the woman touched him, pulled him from the prickly place to nuzzle against her musky bosom. Gazing at the woman with eyes that glittered like the Black Sea in a face as soft as olive blossoms, the baby decided that he was in love forever. As he took nourishment from her body again, in a different manner now, pulling from her breast, her weary wise eyes entranced him.

I will be perfect, he thought, so that she will be proud of me. I will be perfect, she thought, so that he will be happy. He closed his eyes, about to rediscover the experience of sleep. One last look- he opened them: the now familiar Wham! of creation happened. Now the woman’s eyes were closing. Her nose dripped along with her eyes and forehead, but she was the most beautiful thing in this brand new world. With her free hand, she pushed from her sticky neck hair as black as the donkey’s fur, wiped her wet face, leaving a smudge of dirt, or blood, and said, "Hello, baby. I am your mother, and you are Joshua, the child of God. I love you." The baby smiled, thinking, I am Joshua, and you are my mother, the child of God. I love you. And he went to sleep.


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