The mystery of consciousness confounds
Both scientists and mystics who debate
Its origin and scope. The one propounds
That over eons it arose quite late
In cosmic history, and only here
On Earth, for all we know; the mystic, though,
Maintains that consciousness was always here
And everywhere, the source of the whole show:
The Mind of God, cosmic intelligence,
Gives rise to all the living universe,
A subtle web connecting sparse and dense,
Both near and far, for better and for worse.
This latter story has widespread appeal,
Despite suspicion it may not be real.