Downeast Senior College
"In the Beginning" by John Van Pelt
Satan Before the Throne of God, by William Blake
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth. And the Earth was without form, and void, and the darkness was upon the face of the deep.
And Satan said, ''It doesn't get any better than this."
And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. And God said, "Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb-yielding seed, and the fruit-tree-yielding fruit," and God saw that it was good.
And Satan said, "There goes the neighborhood."
And God said, "I will make Man in my image, after our likeness, and let him have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air and over the cattle, and all over the Earth." And so God created Man in his own image, male and female created he them.
And God looked upon Man and Woman and saw that they were lean and fit.
And Satan said, "I know how I can get back in this game."
And God caused to grow on the earth broccoli and cauliflower and spinach, and green and yellow vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long, healthy lives.
And Satan created McDonald's. And McDonald's brought forth the $2.99 double cheeseburger. And Satan said to Man, "You want fries with that?"
And Man said, "Super size them." And Man gained 5 pounds.
And God created healthful yogurt, that Woman might keep her figure.
And Satan brought forth chocolate. And Woman gained 5 pounds.
And God said, "Try my crispy, fresh salad."
And Satan brought forth Ben and Jerry's. And Woman gained 10 pounds.
And God said, "I have sent thee heart-healthy vegetables and olive oil with which to cook them."
And Satan brought forth chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter. And Man gained 10 pounds and his bad cholesterol went through the roof.
And God brought forth running shoes and Man resolved to lose those extra pounds.
And Satan brought forth cable TV with remote control so Man would not have to toil to change channels between ESPN and ESPN2. And Man gained another 20 pounds.
And God said, "You're running up the score, Devil." And God brought forth the potato, a vegetable naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition.
And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep-fat fried them. And he created sour cream dip also.
And Man clutched his remote control and ate the potato chips that were full of cholesterol. And Satan saw and said, "It is good." And Man went into cardiac arrest.
And God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery.
And Satan created health insurance exchanges.
Written by John Van Pelt,
Downeast Senior College