And now the glory, the glory! As Luke sets down the story!

As John of Patmos philosophizes it!

      et Verbum caro factum est,

      et habitavit in nobis.

Bright as the heart of a diamond, that night in Galilee.

As a snowflake’s terrible crystal the wings of those Melechim,

Quicksilver swift, and singing, Cherubim and Seraphim,

Until the Babe awoke and yawned, and the darkness fell again,

Healing, annealing, eyebrow-seeling, the swaddling Darkness of El:

Love’s darkness, eternal, maternal, luminous, numinous Dark.

          from And a Light Shines in Darkness, by Charles Brady, America, Dec. 19, 1987