In the center

TO A STUDENT

In the center

of your childness

was the fire. . . !

And you—

and the rest

(and I)—

were fuel to it.

In the center

of your youth

is the fire. . . .

But not a bursting

chemical combustion:

a resource now

of energy and light,

And you—

and the rest

(and I)—

are enlightened, energized . . . .

And without annihilation

(if I’m not mistaken)

we are warmed.