You are present, hidden —
you appear at the beginning
then recede to where you live
— the heart of the story.

You are an empty vessel —
plenty of room for God
and students.
You recede so creativity happens,
the vessel cannot be too empty
but it can be too full.

Because of you
we know the difference between
what is rooted
and what is derivative

what is source
what is appearance

what is heart
what is bone.

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