“…every wild animal… every creeping thing… every winged creature…. went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there was breath of life. And … the Lord shut him in. –Genesis 7:11-16, NRS
In the ark of my inner being dwell all the “ark-etypes”
of the collective unconscious –
I cannot escape them – we live here together
Because the Lord shut the door.
Two of every kind,
Each member of a pair an opposite pole
Their joining together a “coincidence of opposites”
Coming together behind the door.
In my ark dwells the dragon,
both my fierce defender and my awesome accuser.
And my collie, bred for herding, notices when people are missing
and seeks them out, but also nips the heels of those
who do not want to do things my way!
My strong and graceful white horse, led by Christ,
carries me to creative expression
(her opposite yet undiscovered.)
While the virgin wife, great with child
labors to give birth
to the Son of God in my soul
The Lord has shut the door.
Mine is the task to meet and tame
my ark-dwelling archetypes,
to understand their strengths
I cannot escape them –
We live here together
Because the Lord shut the door!
What animal “ark-etypes” has God shut in with you for you to face?