A medieval cauldron over fire glows;
orange embers breath in the night—
an infinitesimal fury slowly grows,
burning, searching for enlightenment,
and fusing elements (earth, air, water, and fire)
into an eternal philosophy
of elemental passions reigning desire
for universal immortality.
Ebony vulcan silhouette with muscles tense,
fiery amber face, and iron hammer to wield
(as setting sun signals that the day is done),
forges malleable base thoughts with intense
bellowing heat and vengeful reddened steel
to create the aspired philosopher’s stone.
Russell (Rusty) Allen Taylor
The end of college, late ’90s