For the dverse prompt, a quote to start the poem, another to finish it.
Darkness was on the face of the deep
For such a time, for such a time,
Till sun arose to light the waves,
Where fishes leapt and seagulls dived,
And then we came to lead the beasts
On righteous paths and servile ways.
We hacked and hewed and dug and delved,
The earth we spoiled, the beasts we used,
Until we come to see the fault
Of all that time, that terrible time,
When men with voices loud and fierce
And nightmare weapons loud and fierce
Had all their way with never a voice
Raised in defence of earth or beast.
We see the fault, the melting ice,
The rising seas, the drought so dry,
Too late to know the reason why—
The fire’s dead, cold Hell is empty
And all the devils now are here.
The two quotes: ‘And darkness was on the face of the deep’ from Genesis 1:2
and ‘Hell is empty and all the devils are here.’ from The Tempest Act One Scene Two.