O nata lux de lumine [after Thomas Tallis ]
Light gives birth to light
like mother gives birth to daughter

light gives unto light
and daughter becomes mother

our bones are all whitewashed,
chiseled into the shape of another,
the same skeletal verbatim, the same
teeth, the same voice raised high
in praise, the same agony of
the mind in forlorn questioning

inroads of odes, mother,

light of my light,
the flame quickens,
and the light
lengthens.