Afire

Light broken for us
into its myriad wavelengths
allows us to see.
In a canyon, each facet
of the rugged rock
reflects a unique variegated shade.
In order for us to perceive
light must be pierced,
shattered, spun down, and
embraced by shadow.
Yet even broken shards
of glass channel light,
conjuring fire.
All life revolves
on this principle:
to multiply,
a cell must first
divide.

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