To lie in the dark and ask for day. To name the unborn
daughter Dawn, the shortest street Aurora. O Oriens:
Light that breaks, that cracks the void; match for God
to phosphoresce with a gust of words. O Dayspring:
eruption of sunup, bright geyser that seasons tug
to either side of the equinox along a convex east.
O come, O come, Emmanuel: radiance unending,
radiance being and unbegun; O Come, Emmanuel,
Light that breaks, braking the day; Come, darkness
at noon and Morning Star. Come, sun in a womb,
pillar of fire, infant defiant of the very astronomy
he foreordained, breaker of stars’ staid patterns.
To dazzle the magi. To flood the tomb in light.