What is brilliance? Some say it’s a flash. A flash of what? Bright light descending from heaven, imparted through the glow of one’s aura which is proposed to exist but has never been seen. New age mumbo jumbo meant to turn me into one of the mindless masses, as if becoming one with nothing is a desirable end goal. A moth drawn to a porch light, eyes wide, like glittering nickels. Fly too close and you will burn
as bright as God’s countenance. We can barely imagine it without being burned. A deep resonance sounds in our gut, vibrating the walls of every bloodstained cavity, and we are afraid. So, we make our calves. They are merely golden. We can peer at them even in the glinting sun, feel them with our hands. Mold them, shape them into whatever we wish so when we bow down we’re really worshipping ourselves. Brilliant.
The road most traveled leads to gates that won’t open when you say, “My god.” He replies, “We’ve never met. Why would I let you in?” Your common sense dried up like your parched mouth. Behind you, flames leap in brilliant flashes of yellow and orange, with purple tongues so cold they sear. This is what you sought, what you bought with your self assurance.
So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”
Exodus 32:3-4 NIV
Jessica E. Thomas graduated summa cum laude with Academic Honors in Writing from Ball State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in English and a Minor in Creative Writing. She began her professional career in marketing at a large Indianapolis law firm. Since transitioning to Information Technology in 2001, she has worked in the pharmaceutical, student loan, and finance industries as a computer programmer, systems analyst, Web developer, and technical writer. She has authored two novels, three novellas, a poetry collection, a short story collection, and a children’s book.