Genesis 3

By: Jennifer Kerr Budziak, GEL Member

I.
who told you something was missing?
who told you were incomplete?
who told you all you are is not enough?
who told you?
who gave you reason to be covered?
who gave you cause to hide away?
who gave you knowledge that you knowledge lacked?
who told you?
the garden lies behind
and you cannot hear me
the darkness lies ahead
and you cannot see me
now you go where i am not
who told you?

II.
i cannot bear to lose you
i will not give up on you
i will never abandon you
i will follow you
come after you
so become you
born
live
die
alone
death is heavy

III.
i have found you
here
i have found you
in the place where i was not
i have found you
in the place of darkness
deep darkness
alone
and i am
with you
i am
in the darkness
i am
and i brought a light
a small light
but hot and fierce
a small light
but it grows
ignites
sets fire to the darkness
and all is light
light
and light is
on you
in you
light
i see you
i with you
full of
light
light
light

IV.
please come home

About the Author: Jennifer Kerr Budziak is a Chicago area conductor, writer, composer and educator. A frequent presenter and clinician at workshops and festivals nationwide, Budziak teaches on the choral faculty of Loyola University in Chicago, where she serves as both an ensemble conductor and as director and program adviser for the sacred music degree program. She also serves as an assistant conductor for the Chicago Symphony Chorus. Dr. Budziak has served on the faculties of North Central College, Concordia University, St. Xavier University, and the Catholic Theological Union.