The Hand As Lamp

Can cause a street;
it comes from the shape-held straight up, you can't help but see.
                And those who have chosen
                                                                to live in the dark equally happily

the hand burns on:
Whole forests bequeath:
                                                                Lantern, lantern!
gone all out of range

And we who believe in cause and effect,
                                                                                              whose trees thrive in the falling sun,
should learn a little more about fire,
which I hear is not hard to do.

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