In Divine Murder, “Ordog apparently realized it missed these easy human targets and they weren’t crushed dead under its foot. It spied them running toward a door in the near wall. But before the beast struck again, Ahriman sprinted from the computer area and leaped on the monster’s ankle. ”
The characters of Ordog and Ahriman originally came from myths of two different cultures. Both characterize evil in the world and are very similar to the Christian Satan.
Ordog controls the dark and evil forces of the mythological world in Hungarian folklore. He shifts shapes to meet his long-term goal of collecting as many souls as he can. Wikipedia describes Ordog as a “humanoid with the upper torso of a human male and the lower portions of a goat. He is pitch black with cloven hooves, ram-like horns and a long tale. He carries a pitchfork.” Ordog often shifts into the shape of a fox, a flame or a shepherd when coming into the human world to trick souls.
Ahriman brings chaos, death and disease into the world according to Persian mythology. He was the god of evil and darkness in Persia and the ancient religion Zoroastrianism. Ahriman pushes the negative emotions including anger, greed and envy. Demons followed him and did his bidding. Ahriman desired the destruction of humans through their own harmful emotions.
Ward Kelley’s first novel is a deliriously inventive theological thriller. It’s sassy, intelligent, charming and phantasmagorical. – Tony Grist, New Hope International
Divine Murder is a fascinating look into humanity’s relationship with God and its own destiny. – Elizabeth Burton, The Blue Iris Journal
Ward Kelley’s Divine Murder is a playground for temptation and a test of moral cues. – Janet I. Buck, author of Calamity’s Quilt
One of the most interesting books I’ve read in a long time. Like all great epics, it deserves the big screen. – David M. Jackson, Artvilla
Elisha Porat was a Hebrew poet and writer who said he’d never thought about writing poetry until he was a solider in the War of Yom Kippur in 1973. The war and even the death of Porat’s father inspired him to begin writing poetry non-stop. According to an interview with poet Ward Kelly, Porat did not write about politics or anti-war, but the human aspects of the war. He wrote about the soldier and his experiences and feelings. He fought in three wars as a solider in the Israeli army.
Porat won the 1996 Israel’s Prime Minister’s Prize for Literature. He wrote books in prose, poetry and even some specifically for children. The author published over 20 volumes of poetry and fiction. At least three of his books have been translated into English. The Messiah of LaGuardia is a collection of six stories of modern Israeli life. Payback the stories of the people who are connected and affected by the 1982 War of South Lebanon. Episode is a semi-biographical novel about the life and work of film director Arieh-Leopold Friedman-Lahola.
Porat was born in 1938 in a kibbutz in Palestine-Eretz Yisrael or pre-Israel and near the city of Hadera. His family was considered pioneers and he explains that he was a second generation of the state of Israel. Before his death in March 2013, he lived and worked as a farmer near his parents’ original tent erected in the 1930’s.
This poem was inspired by the song “Middles” by Entrance Way
Her soul touches me
down to the Middle of my core
Is there more to the Universe
than the middle of her soul?
Her soul is more to me
than I see in the Middle
of Humanity’s combined souls.
Her soul strokes mine into
believing we are the center
of the Universe.
How can it be—
when there’s too much darkness
holding us in the Middle of
Society’s generational dilemmas?
Her soul calls to me
to lie down and
just let us be the
Middle of us.
Poem by Kimberly Hargis
Read “Middles” Lyrics
As I rummaged through notes I made 15 years ago, I came across some I made about the inventor of the Dewey decimal System. Where this might appear odd coming from a poet, I think you might agree this note overflows with the essence of poetry. See what you think:
Melvil Dewey (1851-1931), the author of the Dewey Decimal Systems – which reformed the classification efforts of libraries during the late 19th century – got the idea for his system while listening to a sermon in church in 1873, then hurried home to format it by imagining what questions a prehistoric man would have about his life: 100-199 “Who am I? (philosophy and psychology); 200-299 “Who made me?” (religion and theology); 300-399 “Who is the man in the next cave?” (social science); 400-499 “How can I make that man understand me?” (language); 500-599 “How can I understand nature and the world around me?” (natural history and mathematics); 600-699 “How can I use what I know about the world?” (technology); 700-799 “How can I enjoy my leisure time?” (art and recreation); 800-899 “How can I give my children a record of man’s heroic thoughts and deeds?” (literature); 900-999 “How can I leave a record for men of the future?” (geography, biography and history).
Read Lyrics from “Jesus & the Buddha” song.