how the old gods fought their way
up the enormous mountain peak
connecting Heaven and Earth
with only a pearl on top

only this

through which they could fall again
their destiny unfolding through and through
like the incorruptible sprouting of a single seed into
ineffable layers of brilliance and
cold opaqueness within
this pearl

this

vibrating source of humanity
whose eternity is whispered within each utterance
of overpowering beauty
pouring into worlds within worlds
of human experience
as if redeemer and redeemed are one
and yet
a universe apart