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 a poet, novelist, and religious philosopher. He has received degrees from various institutions, including the University of Chicago and The California Institute of Integral Studies. He is the author of numerous books, including Creatively Maladjusted: The Wisdom Education Movement Manifesto. His literary awards include the Independent Publisher Awards Gold Medal in religion and religious fiction and the Nautilus Book Awards Gold Medal. He has worked with youth on the south side of Chicago, the Bronx and Harlem, and in Oakland. He is the director and founder of the Chicago Wisdom Project and lives in Chicago with his wife and daughters. You can find more information on his website, www.theodorerichards.com.

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