we circle round it, turn our faces towards it
for warmth, for light, for the transformation of food.
our first and ongoing necessity is to feed ourselves,
in times of abundance and scarcity.
hands collect the seeds, plant the seeds, care for their growth, harvest the crop
hands build the fire, cook the food, hold it to our mouth to eat.
Sometimes through grace and effort we are able to amass a surplus
it is only then that we are afforded the possibility of reflection,
to consider our existence here on earth,
to observe what we have discovered and to share that knowledge with words.