A Reflection on Final Exams
I see the sharp knife, and know that it has been crafted from dull metal.
The end result is sharp and powerful --
but the process of getting there was not pleasant for that steel.
Subject to fire and heat, its former shape became muddled.
Burnt and devoid of its former shape, it has lost much of its former self.
Standing in the threshold between unforged metal and a finished knife,
its liquid uncertain form is battered but prepared for transformation.