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Lighting today’s fire

from yesterday’s glow

without the aid

of a single match

I wondered

at the fires of wisdom

held in the hearts

and souls of the elders

and asked just how often

we blow on them

help them breathe

by feeding them the oxygen

of our attention

and humbled I prayed

we wouldn’t let them go out

for building wisdom from scratch

would be a hard won thing

yet it needn’t come to that

for patience and gentleness

can still coax the glow into flame

and we needn’t waste

generations

searching for the match

to re-light a fire

we’ve neglected to tend

till the embers are nothing but ash

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