The Love That Burns

By Theodore Richards

“The Love that Burns”

To know
What it means to be human;
To find the wisdom to become
Homo sapiens:
To live the love
That burns;
To remember,
And to dream a world
To life;
To sing songs, to write poems, to tell stories;
To taste the wind with our tongues
And to listen to the leaves;
To press our tiny hands
To the edge of our womb world;
To be amazed and terrified,
At this awesome, awful world;
To be born,
Bloody, swollen, and full of possibility.

July 2008

About The Author

Theodore Richards
Theodore Richards is an educator, writer, and philosopher. He is the founder of The Chicago Wisdom Project now and editor of the online magazine and podcast ReImagining. His work is dedicated to re-imagining education and creating new narratives about our place in the world. He has received degrees from various institutions, including the University of Chicago and The California Institute of Integral Studies, but has learned just as much studying the martial art of Bagua; teaching in various settings and students; and as a traveler from the Far East to the Middle East, from southern Africa to the South Pacific. He is the author of eight books and numerous literary awards, including two Nautilus Book Awards and three Independent Publisher Awards. His latest book, Reimagining the Classroom, launched in December of 2022. He lives on the south side of Chicago with his wife and three daughters. For more information, go to


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