What can bring us happiness
when burned into my heart a greater joy,
light from your depths, ineffable,
for which I long, and tend to stray
which I have made, not by your light,
but by my weariness of sight.
Brooding on world’s shining gem
light catches heart on every cut
driven on in restlessness—it is finished.
Left to lay my numbered bones
where wandering finds its final end,
soulless, bitter, in a dying land.
But upon the stars the pilgrim dwells
and beyond still, led by word enfleshed,
rests his heart in the lover’s arms
where light and will no longer glimpse,
but catch full sight and find no end,
and contemplate ineffable
for eyes were made for He who sent.
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