Place of Refuge

Place of Refuge

01 May 2010

Back to the subject of mirrors

The mirror won't go away
nor will the palindrome
for that is at the center 
of the puzzle
about who we are
and where we came from.

Unfortunately you have to read
what preceded this
to understand why this
is relevant.
For over a week, I've been riffing
on the rather troubling topic
of why are we here--
and that does not necessarily mean
why are we here--here looking at this screen,
looking for validation
in a stream of words
(well, actually, if you
follow my logic to one of its
bloody ends
you'll find yourself face to face
with the idea that
we are here (in front of and sharing)
this computer screen
because of why we are here on earth
in the firs place. . . . 

because once, so long ago,
there was a God
an eternal
an almighty
an everlasting
and unspeakable
that suddenly 
for some inexplicable reason
it wanted to see itself.

And so it sought to do so.

You know, it's true, the most
economical way for a god
who is eternal
and unspeakable
to be able to see

would be to create a Godly mirror,
a Godly means
to replicate himself.

I know I sound like I'm repeating myself.
Because most likely very few people
want to read all that I've written here.
If anyone has,
please pardon me.

But what else might we be reading about at the very beginning of the Old Testament,
but the creation of a mirror?

In the beginning God created
the heaven and the earth.

And the earth was without form,
and void, and darkness was upon 
the face of the deep.
And the Spirit of God moved 
on the face of the water.

And God said:
Let There Be Light
and there was 

When one adds light to the shimmering surface of water,
what else does one get but
a mirror?

And in that mirror, once lighted
God began to conjure
a firmament,
and stars,
and land
and vegetables and fruits,
and fishes and animals
and finally man,

"proud man,
dressed in a little brief authority
most ignorant of what he's most assured
His glassy essence, like an angry ape
(playing) such fantastic tricks before high heaven
As makes the angels weep . . ."  (Shakespeare, Measure for Measure)

Man was created not as an original
but as a part of the massive reflection
of the face of God
that God so sought to see.
But man was the most important part
because he had something none of the other animals
had in such abundance.

And that was his brain.

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