Generational Flames

The sparks that raised
     the first few flames

          illuminating ancient caves

     and broiled portions
          warming bones

     (could cauterize or mesmerize

     or foster torches
          clutched through night

     or deepen dangers of a fight)

now kindle thoughts to touch the stars
     and spread beyond the sun or Mars

     to bring concealed worlds to light

     and move dark matters
          into sight.

Ancestral yearning burns again:
     awaken to inquire.

The coolness of lucidity
     elicits and inspires.

Tread bravely through the raging truths
     and step outside desire.

Enlightenment awaits within:
     then you shall be the fire.

Generational Flames © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.

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Submitted: December 27, 2020