Blazing Trails

One spark in darkness,
Creation ignites!
Exploding forth
from single cells
into endless diversity.

Once,
Humanity huddled round
my protective light.
Entwined communities
still employ me
in their sacred rites.

Awareness kindles
uncoiling from within
like a snake on
the first day of Spring.
Illumination flickers
down the long passage of history,
and passions consume
within my ardent ring.

I might spread my arms
and hold back the fearful night;
Cook your meals,
inspire,
forge souls and swords,
offer warmth,
protection and comfort.
Or, roaring in savage delight
devour all you hold dear,
charred remains to the horizon;
devastate, cauterize and incite.

Children,
which of my examples
will you choose to heed?
Creation or destruction?
Illumination,
or mindless consumption?
Generosity or greed?

For those new to the game, each poem is inspired by a Teacher found in Nature; a star, stone, animal, plant etc that holds lessons of Wisdom for us. Can you guess who is singing today?

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