What is this Light spoken into being,
The one which separates Day from Night?
Before the sun and other stars, it brings
Meaning to the Cosmos. It is the Light
Of the Unending first Day. It radiates
Out into Wisdom, time, and space, continual
Creation. It sets the world ablaze, conflagrates
The dark, illuminates the night, noumenal
Glory. It is before phenomena,
And once we were bathed in it, this light maternal.
It suffused the earth, the prolegomenon.
But now we do not see this light eternal.
We looked in for its source, and missed it there.
Perhaps we still know how to look, but where?

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The featured image is a depiction of the first day of creation by Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (1475-1564), courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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